Professor Matthew Lau - English

Mathew Lau

Associate Professor

Department of English
Humanities Bldg, Room H-416
222-05 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY 11364-1497

Phone: 718.631.5521

B.A. Literature, 2001, University of California, Santa Cruz

B.M. Music, 2001, University of California, Santa Cruz

Ph.D. English, 2011, The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Teaching Philosophy

"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." - John Dewey

Research and Interests

My writings have appeared in Comparative Literature, the International Journal of the Kafka Society of America, and Positions: Asia Critique. I have written for the websites and My book on film music, Sounds like Helicopters: Classical Music in Modernist Cinema, was published by SUNY Press in 2019. My fellowships include one at CUNY's Center for Place, Culture, and Politics and a Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowship. Away from academia, I am a violinist with the String Orchestra of Brooklyn.​


Visit my profile to read my publications.​

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