Dr. Matt Matsuda is an award-winning scholar and educator and has been a member of the Rutgers History Department since 1993. He is the author of The Memory of the Modern (1996), Empire of Love (2003), and Pacific Worlds (2012), and is the editor of a Palgrave academic series. He lives as Dean/ Professor in Residence at the Honors College. Before assuming that role, he served as the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program from 2010-2015, and has been the College Avenue Campus Dean from 2007 to the present.
As Academic Dean, Dr. Matsuda develops innovative teaching models that introduce students to social entrepreneurship, enabling them to both engage with global issues and develop social action plans. He works with the faculty advisory board and the school deans and professors to create a dynamic interdisciplinary curriculum that enables high-achieving students to explore emergent fields and specialties while bridging the divide between traditional study and hands-on experiential learning.