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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