Associate Professor of Art History and American Studies
Office: Dittmann Center 306
Matthew Rohn teaches Art History and cultural studies. He has developed special interests in 19th and 20th century art, American culture, gender and multi-cultural studies, social justice, and the art of teaching. A childhood spent in Indianapolis, Indiana instilled in him a love of the Midwest and a desire to learn more about life in less parochial centers. Four years at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C helped expand his horizons.
He fell in love with Art History at G.W. and went on to earn both a M.A. and Ph.D. in the History of Art at the University of Michigan. There he began his teaching career at the University’s experimental Residential College. He has since taught at Williams College and Wittenberg University. He began teaching at St. Olaf in 1996, where he also taught for years in its experimental Paracollege. Matt has a home in the Art and Art History department and teaches Women Studies, Environmental Studies, American Studies, and American Conversations courses. He celebrated the new millennium by becoming the American Conversations program’s inaugural director.
Matt is the author of Visual Dynamics in Jackson Pollock’s Abstractions, and he co-authored The Prints of Frank Stella: A Catalogue RaisonnZ, 1962-82. An Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellow in the Humanities at Harvard University in 1989-’90, Matt has written a number of articles on modern art and culture. Active as a scholar and teacher, he also makes it a point to be involved in community life and has ever more deeply involved himself over the years in rearing his children.