Matthew Frye Jacobson

Matthew Frye JacobsonEducation

B.A., The Evergreen State College, 1981
PhD, Brown University, 1992

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Matthew Frye Jacobson 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 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). He is currently at work on Odetta's Voice and other Weapons: The Civil Rights Era as Cultural History.

His teaching interests are clustered under the general category of race in U.S. political culture 1790-present, including U.S. imperialism, immigration and migration, popular culture, and the juridical structures of U.S. citizenship.

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Roots TooLatest Publication Title

Roots Too - White Ethnic Revival in Post-Civil Rights America, Harvard University Press, 2008

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Other Publications

Whiteness of a Different Color: European Immigrants and the Alchemy of Race, Oct 1, 1999
Barbarian Virtues: The United States Encounters Foreign Peoples at Home and Abroad, 1876-1917
, Apr 16, 2001
Special Sorrows: The Diasporic Imagination of Irish, Polish, and Jewish Immigrants in the United States with David R. Roediger, May 21, 2002
Essay: A Ghetto to Look Back To: World of Our Fathers, Ethnic Revival, and the Arc of Multiculturalism, Jul 28, 2005
What Have They Built You to Do?: The Manchurian Candidate and Cold War America with Gaspar Gonzalez, Nov 28, 2006

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