MPG = Matthew Pratt Guterl
I was born and raised in central New Jersey, lived at the Jersey Shore for several years after high school, and continue to think of the Garden State as my true North. Now, however, I live in Providence, Rhode Island, where I teach and talk and write about the complexities of race and nation in American life at Brown University in the departments of Africana Studies and American Studies. I also care a great deal about higher education, the humanities, and public culture.
I’ve written or co-authored five books on American culture – the most recent is on the African-American entertainer and expatriate, Josephine Baker, and her voluminous and multi-racial adopted family. You can learn more by clicking on the “Work” tab above. Sometimes I share my concerns or my enthusiasms elsewhere – in The Guardian, for instance, or The New Republic, or The Chronicle of Higher Education, or Inside Higher Ed. When I do, I post a link in “News”. And sometimes, when I don’t want to worry about editorial oversight, I put them here, in the “Blog” section.