Dr. Matthew S. Calihman


Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

Missouri State University
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • PhD, 2005, Washington University in St. Louis


  • ENG 235 Critical Approaches to Literature
  • ENG 351 Survey of American Literature, Part II
  • ENG 354 Ethnic American Literature
  • ENG 355 African American Literature
  • ENG 517/617 American Novel
  • ENG 554/654 Ethnic American Literature
  • ENG 557/656 American Realism
  • ENG 559/659 Modern American Literature
  • ENG 700 Introduction to Research Methods in English
  • ENG 758 Seminar in Twentieth-Century American Literature

Professional experience

Selected publications

  • Calihman, Matthew. “African American Political Poetries.” The Cambridge Companion to American Poetry and Politics since 1900, edited by Daniel Morris. Cambridge University Press, 2023, pp. 152-66
  • Calihman, Matthew. “Black Power and Black Arts.” Ralph Ellison in Context, edited by Paul Devlin.  Cambridge University Press, 2021, pp. 167-76. 
  • Calihman, Matthew and Gerald Early, editors. Approaches to Teaching Baraka’s Dutchman. Modern Language Association, 2018.
  • Calihman, Matthew, Tracy Floreani, and A Yemisi Jimoh, editors. Ralph Ellison, special issue of American Studies, vol. 54, no. 3, 2015.
  • Calihman, Matthew. “Black Power beyond Black Nationalism: John A. Williams, Cultural Pluralism, and the Popular Front.” MELUS, vol. 34, no. 1, 2009, pp. 139-62.
  • Calihman, Matthew. “‘Where Are the Italian Anarchists?’: Amiri Baraka and the Usable Pasts of the Immigrant Left.” Voices in Italian Americana, vol. 18, no. 2, 2007, pp. 79-89.

Research and professional interests

  • African American literature
  • American literature
  • American studies
  • Race and ethnicity in the U.S.