Bard Faculty

Matthew Lynch

Visiting Instructor in Religion

Primary Academic Program: Religion

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Middle Eastern Studies


B.A., Marlboro College; M.A., University of Chicago, Center for Middle Eastern Studies; Ph.D. candidate, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Matthew Lynch is the recipient of numerous travel and research grants that have allowed him to study in Iran, Jordan, and Turkey. His language competencies include Persian, Arabic, French, and Spanish. As a teaching fellow at UNC-Chapel Hill and visiting lecturer at Guilford College, he covered such subjects as Islamic civilization, Muhammad and the Qur’an, modern Muslims and the Qur’an, religion and the new media, and Rumi and revolution. His dissertation addresses “A Persian Qur’an? Rumi’s Masnavi-e Ma’navi as Scripture,” and he is the author of “Jalal al-Din Rumi” in The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to World Literature, Volume II (in process). Lynch has participated in conferences across the United States and internationally; his invited lectures include “Representing Resistance Culture inside Iran’s Museum of the Holy Defence,” at University College Cork, Ireland; “Forough Farrokhzad and Jasmine and Stars: Contextualizing a Critique,” at Duke University; and “Challenging the Monolith: Contemporary Iranian Culture,” at UNC-Chapel Hill, among others. At Bard since 2017.