- Nineteenth-century literature and culture;
- Oceanic humanities;
- Waste and rubbish;
- Empire and post-colonial studies;
- Environmental humanities;
Following the publication of All at Sea in 2022, Matt has begun work on two new projects. The first, a new edition of Frederick Marryat's Mr. Midshipman Easy, has received funding from the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust. The second, provisionally titled ‘Flotsam, Jetsam, Lagan, Litter: Marine Refuse in 19th-Century Literature and Culture’, will trace the continuities and discontinuities between nineteenth-century and present-day attitudes to sea refuse, revealing the beginnings of a contemporary social, ecological, and legal problem.
Matt is on the editorial board of the Journal of Victorian Culture.