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Matthew Kustenbauder

Former Admissions Officer, Messiah College
PhD Candidate, History, Harvard University
MA, African Studies, Yale University
MDiv, Theology, Yale Divinity School
BA, Psychology & Biblical Studies, Messiah College

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I worked for four years at a small, private liberal arts college in Pennsylvania before going on to earn several graduate degrees at Yale University and Harvard University, where I am currently pursuing a PhD in History.  The recipient of Fulbright, Fox, and Samuel P. Huntington Fellowships, I have been fortunate to study and live in several African countries, most recently in Kenya, Mozambique, and South Africa.

I love teaching and mentoring students! While at Yale and Harvard, I taught classes on topics ranging from the history of the British and French Empires, to African religions, to Christianity and Islam, to African colonial and post-colonial societies, politics, and development. As an admissions officer, I reviewed thousands of applications, interviewed hundreds of students, and selected honors program and scholarship recipients. My favorite part of the job, however, was working with students and their families to help navigate the university admission process and settle on a school that was the right match for them.

My current home is São Paulo, Brazil. In my free time, I enjoy exploring the neighborhood markets, cafes, street art, and cultural landmarks in this mega-city of 20 million people. I also enjoy traveling, spending time with family, and taking our Rhodesian Ridgeback pup for walks in the local park.