Matthew Pratt Guterl studies the American histories of "race" and "nation" in an international context. He considers how these concepts have evolved over time, how they relate to each other at important moments, how certain social forces that have shaped them, and how ordinary and extraordinary people are caught up in their histories. He has written four books on topics as different as the Great Migration, the Old South, racial profiling, and Josephine Baker's adopted family.

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Professor Guterl earned his BA degree from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in 1993, and his PhD in History from Rutgers University in 1999. Before coming to Brown, he taught at Washington State University and Indiana University. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Museum of American History, Yale University, Rice University, the Library Company of Philadelphia. In 2010, he was the winner of the Mary C. Turpie Prize, given by the American Studies Association, for distinguished teaching, service, and program development in that field. He is the author of "The Color of Race in America, 1900-1940" (2001), "American Mediterranean: Southern Slaveholders in the Age of Emancipation" (2008), "Seeing Race in Modern America" (2013), and "Josephine Baker and the Rainbow Tribe" (forthcoming in 2014).

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Professor of Africana Studies and American Studies
Africana Studies and American Studies
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Link to his book on slavery
Link to his book on race in New York City
Link to his book on racial sight
Link to his book on Josephine Baker

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