Matthew Reznicek

PhD, He/Him

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I would welcome any PhD proposal at the intersection of literature and Medical Humanities or History of Medicine. Students who are interested in studying ideas of health, illness, disability, and the intersection with gender and class in the works Austen, Dickens, Scott, Gaskell, Radcliffe should feel free to reach out via email.

I have served on graduate committees at University of Illinois-Chicago and Purdue University for students whose dissertations examined the figure of the addict in Nineteenth-Century British Literature as well as the construction of race in Eighteenth-Century British Ossianic Literature.


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Research interests

Matthew L. Reznicek utilizes Medical Humanities and History of Medicine to better understand eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British and Irish Literature. He is currently completing a monograph on the politics of health in the Romantic genre of the National Tale, including works by Jane Austen, Walter Scott, Maria Edgeworth, Sydney Owenson (Lady Morgan), and Germaine deStaël. Previously, he has published on biopolitics and death in the National Tale; urban infrastructure and public health in nineteenth-century novels; the corpse and abjection in Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Maria Edgeworth; and on teaching healthcare inequities through Austen's Mansfield Park. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Money and the European Metropolis, Queen's University Belfast

Sep 6 2010Jul 10 2014

Award Date: Nov 14 2013

External Positions

President, American Conference for Irish Studies

Jun 9 2023Jun 11 2025

Vice President, American Conference for Irish Studies

Jun 11 2021Jun 9 2023

Research Interest Keywords

  • Medical Humanities
  • Romanticism
  • Nineteenth-Century Literature
  • History of Medicine
  • Biopolitics
  • Social Determinants of Health


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