Headshot of Matthew Luckett.

Matthew Luckett, Ph.D.

Title: Program Director
 HUX (Master of Arts in Humanities)
Email: mluckett@csudh.edu
(310) 243-3744

Contact Preference: Email

Areas of Expertise

Incarcerated Education, American West History, History of Crime and Law in the American West, History of American Crime and Punishment

Professional Background

Dr. Luckett coordinates HUX, the Humanities External M.A. program. Between 2016 and 2021, his work focused on teaching out the Legacy M.A. program and advising its remaining students. Beginning in 2020, however, his focus shifted toward rebooting the HUX program as a hybrid correspondence/online program for incarcerated students, who mostly lack viable graduate educational options across the United States. HUX has long been the only program of its kind for this critically underserved population and helping incarcerated students build better lives for themselves and their families.

Dr. Luckett is also an award-winning author. His specializations include the American West, American Indian history, and the history of crime and violence. His first book, entitled Never Caught Twice: Horse Stealing in Western Nebraska, 1850 – 1890, won a Nebraska Book Award in 2021. His second book project, entitled Grandpa’s Letters, incorporates several hundred letters that he inherited from his grandfather into a narrative of his experience surviving the attack on Pearl Harbor and serving on a minesweeper and a tanker during World War II.


Ph.D., History, UCLA

M.A., History, Marquette

B.A., History, Southeast Missouri State University

Related News Stories

Matthew Luckett’s Book Explores Horse Stealing on the Western Great Plains, CSUDH Campus News Center, 2020

Freaking Out Through History, Scholars Beyond the Tower Podcast, 2020