Matthew J. Smith is a doctoral candidate in American Religions and Mellon Fellow in Comparative Race and Diaspora. He specializes in the interdisciplinary study of religion, race, and sexuality in the U.S. empire in the late 19th and early 20th century. His dissertation project, "The Age of Plastic(s): Race, Religion and Ecology in the Protestant World Order" explores the science of conversion in Protestant missions and the human/in-human sciences to interrogate the discourse of plastic/plasticity within the humanistic grammars of racialized modernity. Areas of interest: U.S. empire, critical race/sex theory, Black and Indigenous studies, secularism and biopolitics, space and mobility, science and technology, environmental humanities, decolonial methodologies, and critical ethnic studies. Before coming to Northwestern, Matthew earned his Masters degree from Princeton Seminary and his Bachelors from Anderson University. His adviser is Sylvester Johnson.