Matthew Lazen

Director of Studies

Welcome to the friendliest college at Princeton (in my humble opinion), where I have been director of studies since 2005. I received my B.A. in comparative literature at Columbia followed by a Ph.D. from the Literature Program at Duke, where I studied French and Francophone literature, film, globalization, and critical theory and wrote my dissertation on contemporary French regionalism and ethnic identity. I then taught for several years in the History and Literature program at Harvard, covering the cultural and social history of not only France, but also Germany, Britain, and America, and I returned to the classroom in spring 2010 to teach a course called "Violence and Moving Images: Politics, Aesthetics, Spectatorship."  In 2016, I finished a second doctorate, this time an Ed.D. in Higher and Postsecondary Education at NYU.  I can normally be found at Butler at all hours and keep ample office hours on Zoom, and I encourage you all to reach out whenever you have a question or just want to chat! In my free time, I like to catch movies, follow the news, work out at Dillon Gym (when it's open), watch tv (The Daily Show, Colbert, and South Park are particular favorites), and follow basketball (Go Duke!).  Normally, I head in to New York frequently as well to see art, music, dance, and theater or just explore different neighborhoods, but in the meantime, I've discovered a rich world of online art exhibitions and dance performances.