Matthew Guterl Professor of Africana Studies and American Studies, Chair of American Studies

Matthew Pratt Guterl is a historian of race and nation, with a focus on United States history from the Civil War to the present. Guterl has written four books on race and the Progressive Era, on Southern slaveholders and the Caribbean, on the history of and cultural context for racial profiling, and on the life of Josephine Baker. He has also co-authored, with Caroline Levander, a critique of the modern hotel.

He is working on a global biography of the queer, cosmopolitan, human rights activist, Roger Casement, and a book on class-passing and race-passing.

At Brown, Guterl teaches small and large undergraduate classes on American political and popular culture, and graduate classes on race and culture.

He 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, and 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.

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