Greetings! Welcome to my website. In the links above, you can find information about my research, teaching, publications, and presentations. Here's a little bit about myself:

Currently, I am a Visiting Instructor of Islamic Studies at Bard College in New York state. I have previously taught in the Religious Studies department at Guilford College and as a Teaching Fellow at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. I have nearly completed my dissertation at the UNC within the Dept. of Religious Studies under the guidance of my advisor, Dr. Carl Ernst. I also hold an M.A. from the University of Chicago's Center for Middle Eastern Studies

I grew up in South Bend, Indiana, and attended grade school and high school down the street from Notre Dame. I studied philosophy and other subjects at St. John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Later, I moved east to Vermont, where I completed my undergraduate studies in Philosophy and Religion at Marlboro College, receiving a B.A. with honors. 

I love to travel, write, and research. My dissertation focuses on the writings of the medieval mystic, Jalal al-din Rumi, and his community of followers. My main research language is Persian, and I also do some work with French, Spanish, and Arabic sources. While in graduate school, I have taken courses and conducted research projects in Turkey, Jordan, Spain, the U.A.E., and Iran.

Currently, I reside in Rhinebeck, New York. You can also find me in the virtual world on Twitter: @MattLynchUNC, at, or contact me via email at LynchMB AT email DOT unc DOT eduClick here to view my current C.V