Matthew Jacobson

William Robertson Coe Professor of American Studies, History & African American Studies

Yale University

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 his sixth book, Odetta’s Voice and other Weapons: The Civil Rights Era as Cultural History, and on several web- and film-based documentary projects, including “At the Crossroads of Hope and Despair:  America after the Crash” (at and A Long Way from Home: The Untold Story of Baseball’s Desegregation (Common Machine Productions). 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.