As the now defunct Soviet Union was teetering on the brink, Professor Matusevich decided to exchange the land of socialism for the land of opportunity. This highly successful transaction landed him in the state of Oklahoma, of which he had read in John Steinbeck's novels but never knew that it actually existed. It did. For the next 15 years he made a very slow but steady progress across the continent towards the beckoning lights of New York City. Since his arrival at Seton Hall University in 2005 he has been teaching courses in Global, African, and Cold War history. He also co-directs a study abroad program for Seton Hall students in the city of his birth - St. Petersburg, Russia. In his research and writing he focuses on the history of cultural and political encounters between Africa and Russia/Soviet Union.
He is also the director of the Russian and East European Studies Program.