Mathew Spano, MCC Faculty Scholar 2014
An alumnus of MCC, Dr. Mathew Spano has an impressive record of scholarship. He has researched the life and work of C. G. Jung, applying it to the fields of comparative literature and literary studies. Dr. Spano has published extensively over the past 15 years, with 3 scholarly publications within the last few years. His essays on Jung’s “The Red Book” have attracted international attention, and his work has been featured as required reading in the syllabi of some university courses as well as seminars offered by psychological institutes and societies. In addition to his essays, Dr. Spano has also published short stories and poems based on classical mythology and Jungian psychology, as well as haiku poetry. His poems have appeared in such publications as The Los Angeles Times, Frogpond and the Heron’s Nest, as well as in major anthologies. Some of these poems have become the subject of scholarly study and have also been included in the syllabi of some university courses in world literature. In addition to making significant contributions to his field, Dr. Spano brings this scholarship to the college in general and his classes in particular. He has been teaching English Composition and Mythology in Literature full-time at MCC for over twenty years. He earned his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, and his dissertation focused on the influence of Jung’s theories on the work of Nobel laureate Hermann Hesse. He is an Associate Editor of Middlesex: A Literary Journal and has served as freshman composition coordinator and co-director of the MCC Honors program. Dr. Spano’s scholarship is commendable.