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Matthew Fox-Amato

Matthew Fox-Amato

Assistant Professor


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Mailing Address

History Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3175
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3175

B.A., Harvard University, 2006
Ph.D., University of Southern California, 2013

Matthew Fox-Amato is a cultural historian of the United States and a historian of visual and material culture. His book manuscript — Slavery, Photography, and the Birth of Modern Visual Politics in America — is under contract with Oxford University Press. Drawing upon an original source base that includes unpublished and little-studied photographs of slaves, ex-slaves, and abolitionists as well as written archival materials, this project revises our understanding of the experience of late slavery (by putting visual culture at the center) as it simultaneously rethinks the relation between early photography and racialized forms of power and resistance. The manuscript is based upon his dissertation, which was the runner-up for the Southern Historical Association's C. Vann Woodward Dissertation Prize and the winner of the McNeil Center’s prestigious Zuckerman Prize for 2014 — awarded to “the best dissertation connecting American history (in any period) with literature and/or art.”

Slavery, Photography, and the Birth of Modern Visual Politics in America (under contract with Oxford University Press)

  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Postdoctoral Fellowship, The Getty Research Institute, 2016-2017 (Declined)
  • Filson Fellowship, Filson Historical Society, 2015
  • The Zuckerman Prize in American Studies, Dissertation Award, The McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, 2014 (Recipient) 
  • C. Vann Woodward Dissertation Prize, Southern Historical Association, 2014 (Runner-up)
  • Mellon Research Fellowship, Massachusetts Historical Society, 2013
  • Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2012-2013
  • Mellon Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Original Sources, Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), 2011-2012
  • Jay and Deborah Last Fellowship, American Antiquarian Society, 2011
  • Research Fellowship, Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South, University of Alabama, 2011 
  • Mellon Research Fellowship, Virginia Historical Society, 2011
  • Research Fellowship, Clements Center-DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University, 2011 Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship, Social Science Research Council, 2009


Physical Address:
315 Administration Building

Mailing Address:
History Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3175
Moscow, ID 83844-3175

Phone: 208-885-6253

Fax: 208-885-5221


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