Welcome! My name is Matthew Ellefson. I currently live in Madison, Mississippi with my dog/son (they are the same). Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, I previously lived in Ridgeland for six years from 2006 – 2012 when I taught at St. Andrew's Episcopal School and served as the Dean of Students for the Middle School. Prior to teaching, I was a professional historian and writer. As Research and Personal Assistant to the Director and Director Emeritus of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies in New Orleans, Louisiana, I served New York Times bestselling authors and historians Douglas Brinkley and the late Stephen E. Ambrose. I completed all research assigned and managed correspondence and appearance schedules. My research and editing includes articles that have appared in Time, Newsweek, American Heritage, The Paris Review, The New Yorker, Talk Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Presidential Studies Quarterly (working with President Jimmy Carter), and other periodicals. I aided in the research and editing of several books including John F. Kennedy and Europe, The American Heritage History of the United States, Witness to America, Wheels for the World: A History of the Ford Motor Company, The Western Paradox: A Bernard DeVoto Conservation Reader, The Battle of New Orleans by National Book Award winner Robert V. Remini, and Rosa Parks. In my position, I drafted the introducton of Ike's Spies: Eisenhower and the Espionage Establishment, as well as the essay introductions to The Western Paradox: The Conservation Essays of Bernard DeVoto. My service also included a position on the opening staff of the National D-Day Museum (now the National World War II Museum), which included a role in organizing and participating in a day-long conference celebrating World War II veterans that included appearances by Ambassador George McGovern, Tom Brokaw, Steven Spielberg, and Tom Hanks.
I am thrilled to return to the area, and look forward to a wonderful year at Highland - TITAN UP!