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Currently, I am a Visiting Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. I have previously taught in the Religion Program at Bard College in New York state, as well as in the Religious Studies department at Guilford College in North Carolina, and as a Teaching Fellow at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. In 2018, I completed my dissertation at 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, and then I completed my undergraduate studies as a major in Philosophy and Religion at Marlboro College, where I received a B.A. with honors.
My dissertation focuses on the main epic work of the medieval Muslim mystic poet and teacher, Jalal al-din Rumi, and its reception amongst his community of followers. My main research language is Persian, and I also work with French, Spanish, and Arabic sources. While in graduate school, I did coursework and conducted research projects in Turkey, Jordan, Spain, the U.A.E., and Iran.
I love to travel, write, and research. As of the summer of 2019, I will be residing in Tennessee. You can also find me in the virtual world: on Twitter as @MattLynchPhD, or at Academia.edu, or you can contact me via email at MBradfordLynch at Gmail dot com.