Matthew was born in Los Angeles, California but was

raised in Asheville, North Carolina (home for authors Thomas Wolfe and "O. Henry" and where jazz great Nina Simone was educated). He received his elementary and middle education through The Calvert School curriculum

of Baltimore, Maryland before attending Asheville High School.  After briefly living in Kingston, Jamaica, he attended UNCG and wrote an undergraduate thesis on racial identity formation during black fraternity and

sorority pledge processes.  This research sparked his interest in the fields of race and ethnicity, cultural

sociology, and social stratification.  Upon receipt of a master's degree from Ohio University for research on the Black Panther Party, he enrolled in the doctoral program in Sociology at the University of Virginia, where he wrote a dissertation on the relationship between white racial identity formation and white supremacy.  While at UVA, Matthew served as a research fellow with the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies and held the position of Faculty Instructor for the Departments of Sociology, Media Studies, and African American Studies.

Upon receipt of the PhD in 2009, he became Assistant Professor of Sociology at Mississippi State University (MSU).  In 2013, he left MSU to take the position of Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut (UConn).  Outside of the Sociology Department at UConn, Matthew remains actively engaged with a range of intellectual activities, included the International Sociological Association, the American Sociological Association, the Eastern Sociological Society, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems.  He is also an editorial board member for Ethnic and Racial Studies and Journal of Contemporary Ethnography.  He was a co-founding Associate Editor of the Sociology of Race and Ethnicity and is currently the editor for Sociology Compass--Race and Ethnicity (SOCORE).

Matthew’s research and scholarly opinions have appeared on ABC News, Al Jazeera, CNN, FOX, NPR, The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post and many other outlets.  He is best known for his theory of white racial identity formation called “Hegemonic Whiteness” (first published as a 2010 paper in Ethnic and Racial Studies that won the 2009 American Sociological Association’s James Blackwell Distinguished Paper Award) that was further refined in his award-winning book, White Bound: Nationalists, Antiracists, and the Shared Meanings of Race (Stanford University Press, 2012).