Matthew Jacobson

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William Robertson Coe Professor of American Studies & History, Prof Afr Am Std
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320 York St, New Haven, CT 06511-3627
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He received his Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brown University in 1992, and is the author of What Have They Built You to Do?: The MMatthew 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 www.historianseye.org) 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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