Angel Daniel Matos is an Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University (SDSU) who specializes in children’s and young adult literature. Prior to his position at SDSU, he was a Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow at Bowdoin College. He received his Ph.D. in English and a graduate minor in Gender Studies at the University of Notre Dame in May 2016, and was a Kinesis-Fernandez fellow at that institution from 2011-16. His scholarship explores how queer experiences, histories, and emotions are shaped and narrativized in LGBTQ+ youth fiction. More specifically, he examines how queer narrative and aesthetic practices foster political and affective frameworks that complicate current understandings of the young adult genre.
In addition to youth literature and queer studies, his research and teaching interests also include space and place, digital fan production, speculative literature, and media studies. His work has appeared in journals such as The ALAN Review and Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture, and book collections such as Gender(ed) Identities: Critical Rereadings of Gender in Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Lessons in Disability: Essays on Teaching with Young Adult Literature.
Angel is currently completing a book manuscript in which examines the tensions that arise when the optimistic and socializing frameworks of the young adult genre encounter the pessimism and antiauthoritarianism traditionally associated with queer texts. He is also co-editing a volume on intersectional approaches to space and place in film and media.