College of Staten Island
 The City University of New York
  Matt Brim
Associate Professor of Queer Studies

Matt Brim
Associate Professor of Queer Studies

Office : Building 2S Room 214
Phone : 718.982.3645
Fax : 718.982.3643
Department Faculty Profile

Degrees :
Ph.D., Indiana University
B.A., Wabash College

Biography / Academic Interests :
Professor Brim is Associate Professor of Queer Studies in the English department at the College of Staten Island, CUNY. Students in his courses can expect to explore complex narratives of sexuality, gender, race, and ability. Recent courses include “Queer Studies,” “LGBT Literature,” “Black Gay Male Literature,” and “Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.” Professor Brim encourages students, faculty, and staff to share a commitment to increasing LGBTQ representation and visibility on the CSI campus.

Professor Brim’s research focuses on 20th- and 21st-century queer American literature and culture and on queer pedagogy. His book, James Baldwin and the Queer Imagination, offers a sustained queer theoretical examination of Baldwin’s fiction, positioning the author as a paradoxical rather than quintessential figure in queer black literature. His current project is titled Queer Pedagogy/Queer University.

Professor Brim is also co-editor of WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly, published by the Feminist Press at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and sponsored by the College of Staten Island.

Scholarship / Publications :
James Baldwin and the Queer Imagination. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2014.

“Queer Pedagogical Desire: A Study Guide.” WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly 41.3-4 (Fall/Winter 2013)

“Larry Mitchel: Novelist of New York Gay Life.” Obituary. The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide 20.3 (May/June 2013).

“Study Guide.” United in Anger: A History of ACT UP. Dir. Jim Hubbard. DVD, <>. New York: MIX, 2012.

“Edmund White and Rakesh Satyal Headline First Kessler Conversation of the Year.” CLAGS (Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies) Newsletter (Spring 2012): 6.

“James Baldwin’s Queer Utility.” ANQ: A Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews 24.4 (Fall 2011): 209-216.

“The Problems with ‘Post-Gay.’” With Amin Ghaziani. Sexual Behavior, Politics, and Communities Division Newsletter of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (Fall 2011): 2-3, 8-9.
Mitchell, Larry. Interview. “Larry Mitchell, Novelist of the Dispossessed.” The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide 16.4 (July/August 2009): 34-5.

“Teaching the Touching Text; or, How to Lay ‘Hands’ on Your Students.” The Hand of the Interpreter: Essays on Meaning after Theory.  Eds. G.F. Mitrano and Eric Jarosinski. Cultural Interactions: Studies in the Relationships between the Arts. Ser. 3. New York: Peter Lang Pub., 2009. 135-150.

“The LGBTQ Short Story.”  LGBTQ America Today. Ed. John Hawley. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2008: 1131-1137.

“Papas’ Baby: Impossible Paternity in Going to Meet the Man.” Journal of Modern Literature 30.1 (Fall 2006): 173-198.