Mathew Curtis teaches a wide range of courses at the graduate level, from research methods to persuasion and influence, and has been the recipient of both teaching and mentoring awards at USC. He received his Ph.D. in social psychology from USC. Dr. Curtis's primary research examines emotion and the role of comparison; how individuals and groups compare themselves to others in order to understand their role in work and social settings as well as the behavioral and emotional responses to these comparisons. Dr. Curtis has also completed extensive research in relation to linguistics, most recently examining the effects of language contained in jury instructions on the jury's deliberation and outcomes. Before teaching at USC, Dr. Curtis worked as a business consultant in England, examining the consumer decision process and how to successfully market products. He also has background in teaching statistics and has served as a statistical consultant for researchers and business entrepreneurs.