About MPG


Matthew Pratt Guterl is a historian at Brown University. He is the award-winning author of The Color of Race in America, 1900-1940, American Mediterranean: Southern Slaveholders in the Age of Emancipation, and Seeing Race in Modern America. His most recent book is Josephine Baker and the Rainbow Tribe, which focuses on the cosmopolitan civil rights heroine’s late-in-life adoption of twelve children from around the world, who were raised in a castle in the rural French countryside and wielded as a weapon in the war against racism. Guterl has also also co-authored, with Caroline Levander, a book on the institutional politics of the modern hotel, titled Hotel Life. He is presently writing two books: a biography of the queer human rights activist Roger Casement, and a history of deception in American life.

His official Brown page  – with a fuller academic biography – is right here.

At Brown, Guterl is the Chair of American Studies and the Co-Chair of the University’s Diversity and Inclusion Oversight Board. He is a Rutgers 250 Distinguished Alumni and an OAH Distinguished Lecturer. 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. As Director of the American Studies program at Indiana, he was the winner of the 2010 Mary C. Turpie Prize, given by the American Studies Association, for distinguished teaching, service, and program development in that field.