Matthew Zantingh, PhD

Assistant Professor of English Faculty of Arts and Science


BA, The King’s University College, 2008
MA, McMaster University, 2010
PhD, McMaster University, 2014


Canadian literature, environmental literature, environmental humanities, indigenous literature


Matthew was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan while his father attended Calvin Seminary. Being the son of a minister means that his childhood was stretched across Alberta and Ontario, having spent 5 years in Taber and 9 years in Alliston. In Alliston, Matthew discovered the local public library and avidly read all that it had to offer for a young boy. After his family moved back to Alberta, he attended The King’s University College in Edmonton and continued his interest in reading by completing a BA in English. He also met his wife, Lynn, there and they were married shortly after graduation. They moved to Ontario so that Matthew could meet his new in-laws but also pursue graduate studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

It was during his time at King’s that Matthew first had inklings of a future in teaching thanks to the passion and engaged model offered by several key professors there. He believes that as Henry James once said, “Art lives on discussion, upon experiment, upon curiousity.” He sees the English classroom as a place to discuss, to think out loud, to follow threads, and, most importantly, to engage the cultural world that we have created.

Outside of the classroom, Matthew enjoys cycling, watching intelligent films, exploring southern Saskatchewan’s beautiful landscape, reading comics, and spending time with his son, Reuben.


  • "When Things Act Up: Thing Theory, ANT, and Toxic Discourse in Rita Wong's Poetry." Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 20.3 (2013): 622-46. Print.
  • "From Windsor to the World: Di Brandt's "Zone::," Urban Environmental Praxis, and the Position of Place." Green Words/Green Worlds: Environmental Literature and Politics. Chapters accepted, publication forthcoming.