Matthew Mehan began teaching at The Heights in 2000. He currently teaches History of Western Thought and the Sophomore U.S. History and American Literature “AmeriCore.” Matthew served as Director of Admissions from 2003 to 2006, before leaving for graduate work. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Dallas and the valedictorian of his class, he holds a B.A. in politics, an M.A. in English, and he earned a Ph.D. in Literature (with honors) for his dissertation on Shakespeare, Thomas More, and the education of leading citizens. Matthew is also a fellow of the Center for Thomas More Studies. In addition to The Heights, Matthew is the Director of Academic Programs for Hillsdale College in Washington D.C., and he has been named The Worsham Teaching Fellow of Hillsdale’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr., Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship on Capitol Hill. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a reader at the Folger Library. Matthew has been awarded the Claremont Institute’s Publius Fellowship as well as two fellowships from the Earhart Foundation. Matthew has worked as an editor for both academic and popular publications. In 2018, he published a best-selling illustrated book of poetry, Mr. Mehan’s Mildly Amusing Mythical Mammals. His wonderful wife Molly and he have seven children.