My name is Matt Hartman, and I’m a writer from Durham, North Carolina, whose work has appeared in Jacobin, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Awl, In These Times, Scalawag, and elsewhere. I mostly write cultural criticism and political commentaries focused on identity, place, and the way capitalist economic structures affect—well, everything. I am also writing an increasing number of reported features on similar topics, as well as creative works.
Most of my writing (and thinking, I guess) is rooted in my background in philosophy and economics. I studied both at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as social and political theory as a graduate student at the University of Chicago, with an emphasis on post-Marxist political theory and ordinary language philosophy. More specifically, my studies covered questions of political violence, theories of subjectivity, the role of criticism, and the connections between art and politics.
You can find me on Twitter at @themhartman and by email at mrhartman9 at gmail dot com.