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Matthew Poole

Matthew Poole

Department Chair, - (Interim) Department of Communication Studies / Professor of Art History & Theory


Department Chair
Communication & Media
Office Phone(909) 537-7813
Office LocationUH-017

Office Hours

Tuesday: 12:00-13:00
Thursday: 12:00-13:00


Matthew Poole is a curator and writer living and working in Los Angeles, California. His practice involves producing exhibitions, publishing artists’ projects, writing on topics related to the relations of production and distribution of art, and teaching. Poole is a professor of art history and theory in the Department of Art & Design at California State University, San Bernardino. In 2022-23 and 2023-24 he is seconded as the Interim Chair of the Department of Communication Studies at CSUSB, and from 2015-2021 he was Chair of the Department of Art & Design at CSUSB. Prior to moving to California in 2012, Poole was a faculty member in the Department of Art History & Philosophy at The University of Essex, Colchester, UK, where he ran the post-graduate curatorial programs.


His most recent published written work includes:

"Infrastructure, Ideology, Hegemony", by Matthew Poole, chapter in El Baroni, Bassam (ed.), Between the Material and the Possible: Infrastructural Re-examination and Speculation in Art, [Boston, Mass./Berlin, Germany: MIT/Sternberg Press, 2022].

"Allography and the Baroque Agency of the Objectile", by Matthew Poole, chapter in Beech, Amanda & Mackay, Robin (eds.), Construction Site for Possible Worlds, [Falmouth: Urbanomic Press, 2020].

"Marcel Duchamp’s Diagrammatics of Love, Sex and Erotics", by Matthew Poole, in Glass Bead Journal Site 2: Dark Room – Somatic Reason and Synthetic Eros, published April 2019 [Paris, France: Glass Bead, 2019].


1996-97 MA Fine Art, University of Northumbria, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK.

1993-96 BFA (Hons.) Fine Art, Ruskin School of Fine Art, University of Oxford, UK.


AH 1103 Art History Methodologies I

AH 1104 Art History Methodologies II

ART 1150 The Language of Art


Curator of Contemporary Art & Curatorial Theorist.

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Modern and contemporary art history and theory.
  • Curatorial history and theory.
  • Museology and curatorial studies.
  • Political and socioeconomic ramifications and influences of the production and reception of art.
  • European and US modern art 1900 to the present.
  • Post-Fordist labour models, Post-Taylorist management structures, and neo-liberal 'governmentality' and their relationship to subjectivity modulation and art production/reception.
  • Post-Marxian political theory as pertaining to art.
  • Materialist philosophies pertaining to art.
  • Speculative, neo-rationalist, and realist epistemologies as pertaining to art.