PhD in Cultural Studies

Matteo Ferrari

Matteo Ferrari


I was born in a northern Italy town named Correggio, located somewhere in between Venice and Milan. I relocated to Fairfax in the summer of 2021.

What is your favorite part about being a Mason student?

The best feature about being a Mason student is the possibility to be on a campus which combines a very high level of education without the exaggerated competition of some Ivy League ones.

What is your favorite part about your degree program?

My favorite aspect about being in the Cultural Studies PhD Program is the wide breath of perspectives it offers. I can focus on fields as diverse as economy or music and explore the connections in between.

What is the one part of your degree program that has had the most impact on you?

Coming from a more technical background—I have a degree in engineering and one in geography—the biggest impact is on my quantitative mindset, which is slowly changing to a more qualitative, humanistic one.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

It is difficult to say, but I would like to think that thanks to the Cultural Studies program's preparation I will be able to continue in the world of academic research. Otherwise I can imagine myself in the editorial sector, maybe producing cutting edge podcasts.