Matthew Jacobson

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William Robertson Coe Professor of American Studies, History & African American Studies, Chair American Studies
Arnold Hall, A25, B21

Matthew Frye Jacobson received his Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brown University in 1992, and is the author of seven books on race, politics, and culture in the US:  The Historian’s Eye:  Meditations on Photography, History, and the American Present (forthcoming 2019); Odetta’s One Grain of Sand (forthcoming 2018); What Have They Built You to Do?: The Manchurian Candidate and Cold War America (with Gaspar Gonzalez, 2006); Roots Too: White Ethnic Revival in Post-Civil Rights America (2005); Barbarian Virtues: The United States Encounters Foreign Peoples at Home and Abroad, 1876-1917 (2000); Whiteness of a Different Color: European Immigrants and the Alchemy of Race (1998); and Special Sorrows: The Diasporic Imagination of Irish, Polish, and Jewish Immigrants in the United States (1995).  His documentary work includes “At the Crossroads of Hope and Despair:  America after the Crash” (at and A Long Way from Home:  The Untold Story of Baseball’s Desegregation (2017, Hammer and Nail Productions).  He is currently at work on a book for students of the historian’s craft, History as Creativity:  The Cryptic Dimensions of Scholarly Practice.

His teaching interests include race in U.S. political culture 1790-present, U.S. imperialism, immigration and migration, popular culture, the juridical structures of U.S. citizenship, documentary studies, and Public Humanities.

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