Matthew C. Harrington

Visiting Assistant Professor




Campus Box 0397


Breidenbaugh Hall
Room 314
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400


PhD Temple University
MEd Lehman College, CUNY
BA Bates College

Academic Focus

U.S. Literature before 1900, hemispheric American studies, the Atlantic world, translation theory and history

Matthew C. Harrington received his B.A. in English from Bates College and his Ph.D. from Temple University. Before coming to Gettysburg, he was a visiting assistant professor at Bryn Mawr College. He specializes in nineteenth-century transnational American studies and translation theory and history, and his current research explores the role that translation played in the emergence of revolutionary politics across the Atlantic world from 1776 through the turn of the twentieth century.

At Gettysburg, his courses will focus on American literatures and cultures before 1900, including transnational and transatlantic approaches to the study of the period. Additional interests include the ways that relations among imperialism, gender and race shape culture, abolitionism, multilingualism, textual studies, and comparative literary history.

His teaching and research are also shaped by an abiding passion for language learning that led him to work in public schools in Andalusia, Spain from 2010–2012 as part of a nationwide bilingual initiative, and to pursue the art of literary translation. He currently translates from Spanish and was an invited participant in the 2019 Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference. Most recently, he joined with a group of translators to co-author The 2023 Manifesto on Literary Translation for PEN America to address the contemporary state of translation in the United States.

Courses Taught