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 interests include the nineteenth century, the Civil War era, the presidency, race and ethnicity, journalism, popular culture and visual culture (especially photography). He is particularly interested in connections between the uneven development of American democracy and visual media.
His first book – Exposing Slavery: Photography, Human Bondage, and the Birth of Modern Visual Politics in America (Oxford, 2019) – explores how photography influenced and was shaped by conflicts over slavery. It has been reviewed in various newspapers and magazines including The Wall Street Journal, Boston Review, and The Philadelphia Tribune. Lapham’s Quarterly published an excerpt from it. The book also served as the basis for an article in the Washington Post, and has been featured in Boise Weekly. Fox-Amato has given author interviews to Boise State Public Radio (an NPR member station), New Books Network, and BackStory Radio.
He is currently working on projects about the visual culture of the presidency, iconoclasm in the Civil War era, and the history of a Confederate memorial.
Exposing Slavery: Photography, Human Bondage, and the Birth of Modern Visual Politics in America (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2019).
“Plantation Tourism,” in Paper Promises: Early American Photography, ed. Mazie Harris (Getty Publications, 2018).
“An Abolitionist Daguerreotype, 1850,” in Getting the Picture: The Visual Culture of the News, eds. Vanessa R. Schwartz and Jason Hill (Bloomsbury Press, 2015).
- National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Postdoctoral Fellowship, The Getty Research Institute, 2016-2017 (Declined)
- Digital Humanities Summer Fellowship, Center for Digital Inquiry and Learning, Univ. of Idaho, 2017
- 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
Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship, Social Science Research Council, 2009