Matthew David Goodwin

Personal Academic Portfolio

Science Fiction Migrations

Science Fiction is populated with migrants, traveling through space, time, and virtual reality.  Humans and non-humans travel to new worlds and must face the challenges of learning a new way to survive.  Latina/o and Latin American science fiction writers and artists have made use of the medium to represent contemporary migration.  This was the topic of my dissertation: The Fusion of Migration and Science Fiction in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the United States.

Adapting the Oxford Tutorial


When I began teaching in 2002 I started searching for a way to provide my students with a space for stimulating and in-depth dialog.  Eventually I found an answer in the Oxford University tutorial system which I  adapted for my students.  In this method I meet with a pair of students for an intensive discussion of their work. The tutorials are challenging, highly effective, and enormously popular with students.



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