Matthew Pratt Guterl

Professor of Africana Studies and American Studies

Matthew Pratt Guterl (Ph.D., 1999, History, Rutgers University) is Professor of Africana Studies and American Studies. He previously taught at Indiana University, Washington State University and St. John's University.

A historian of race and race-relations in the United States, the Americas, and the world, Professor Guterl's first book - featuring biographical portraits of Jean Toomer, Madison Grant, Daniel Cohalan, and W.E.B. Du Bois - explored the changing systems of racial classification in New York City during the early 20th century. His second book considers the Southern master class in exile and in diaspora, and challenges the power of the nation-state to frame the histories of racial division. And his third book explores the technologies of racial sight in contemporary American visual culture. He just completed his biography of Josephine Baker, focusing on her adopted family.

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  • Mary C. Turpie Prize for Distinguished Service and Teaching, American Studies Association, 2010
  • Visiting Fellowship, Humanities Research Center, Rice University, 2010
  • Best Book of 2001 on the Social Construction of Race and Ethnicity, American Political Science Association
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, Brown University, 2001-2003
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship, the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 2001
  • Associate Postdoctoral Fellowship in Slavery, Abolition, and Resistance Program, Gilder Lehrman Center, Yale University, 2001


  • Josephine Baker and the Rainbow Tribe (Harvard University Press)
  • Seeing Race in Modern America (University of North Carolina Press, 2013)
  • American Mediterranean: Southern Slaveholders in the Age of Emancipation (Harvard University Press, 2008)
  • The Color of Race in America, 1900-1940 (Harvard University Press, 2001)


  • Race and Race-Making in American History
  • African American Women and Performance Studies
  • Transnational Americas