MATTHEW A. MCINTOSH
These “about me” pages are always a chore. I have no problem writing about things I believe and other odd sundries, but I’m very uncomfortable with trying to describe myself. I am a lifelong learner and remain involved in academia as an ancient/medieval historian and writer. That is my love and always has been, but only in the last several years did it become my career. I was a police officer prior to that, and I know that may make your head spin. There was a more intense and introspective reason for that choice that I will go into on a post at some point. However, I was involved in an on-duty accident while responding to a burglary in progress at a very high rate of speed. I do not remember the accident or really a couple of weeks before it. My neck was broken in two places and my lumbar in the same condition. I walk on a cane now and always will, but I’m amazingly glad I am able to do so and continue my life relatively unhampered.
I earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees from University of Houston in journalism (cum laude) and history (focus ancient/medieval, magna cum laude). I am currently pursuing a doctorate in ancient (sub-focus medieval) history. Below are papers I have submitted during this pursuit. I have one pending peer review with a journal of record and am also currently researching and writing what will be my dissertation.
“The Hellenistic World: Cultures in Recovery”
“A Wrinkle in Time: The Evolving Philosophy and Spirituality of Ancient Greece”
“Metaphysical Metamorphosis: Aristotle on the Soul”
“Sea People and the Birth of a New Age”
“The Dark Ages that Weren’t”
“Western European Castle Architecture during the Crusades”
“An Essay on Matthias Stomer’s ‘Judgment of Solomon'”
“1066: Archaeological Analysis and Reconsideration of the Historical Narrative”
“The Carolingian Renaissance: Graeco-Roman Influence, Popular Education, and a Reconfigured European Identity in Manuscript Illumination”
“Antigonus Doson: Rise of a Regent”
I have also pursued secondary teacher certification in Texas and am currently qualified on a probationary certificate to be hired full-time with one year to complete the required state certification exams in my chosen subject areas. I really feel that I can be best used in that environment, no matter how much I say it will likely drive me crazy. I also intend to – and will be doing some right here in the section of course offerings – engage other adults in learning on their own outside of any institution.
Education is my passion, and these are the best methods I feel to pursue it with and for myself and others.
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