Rooted in family and community, Matthew Streets is coming to Oxford from his hometown of Pittsboro, North Carolina. Streets graduated in May 2020 as an Honors College student at Appalachian State University, where he earned a B.A. in history and minors in Spanish and Africana studies. Along with his studies and employment with the university student union, Streets was heavily involved in voter-turnout initiatives, and he received local recognition for his volunteer efforts. While his main interests and past studies have related more directly to American slavery and the antebellum South, Streets’s experiences in Warsaw, Poland, and Havana, Cuba, provided him with unique local, regional, national, and global perspectives. Regardless of subject, Streets usually finds himself returning to the infinitely rich history of the South.

Areas of Focus: American slavery, antebellum South, self-defense and national media, food studies