A Guggenheim Fellow and Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor of History at Dartmouth College, Dr. Matthew Delmont is an expert on American history, Black American history, and the civil rights movement. In his passionate and engaging lectures, Dr. Delmont speaks on social justice, diversity and inclusivity, and the history of racism in America.
Dr. Matthew Delmont is the author of Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African American Newspapers and the upcoming Half American: The Epic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Abroad (2022). Dr. Delmont was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement to showcase the historical value of the stories of both famous and ordinary Black Americans. The result, Black Quotidian, is an archive of digitized Black American newspapers that examines the everyday lives of Black Americans in the twentieth century. Black Quotidian won the American Studies Association’s Garfinkel Prize for its exceptional work at the intersection of American Studies and Digital Humanities. In his upcoming book, Half American, Dr. Delmont analyzes the history of Black Americans who fought bravely abroad in a segregated military during World War II, and returned home to battle white supremacy in America.
Through his research, Dr. Delmont examines the history of racial platitudes– how Americans talk about race without doing anything about racism–that traces back to the World War II era, the importance of Black newspapers, which served as vital forerunners of today’s social media activism, and racist school policies and how they affect school segregation to this date. An engaging and eloquent historian, he has spoken with various Fortune 500 companies, universities, and civic groups on the history of racism in America, the current Black Lives Matter movement, and how to create a more equitable future.
Dr. Delmont now is the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor of History at Dartmouth College. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The Atlantic, Washington Post, and NPR, among several other academic journals. Dr. Delmont graduated from Harvard University, and earned his Master’s and Ph.D. from Brown University. At Dartmouth College, he serves as an advisor to the President for faculty diversity. Prior to Dartmouth College, Dr. Delmont taught at Scripps College, where he was awarded 2011 Professor of the Year, and was the Director of the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at Arizona State University. He was awarded with a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2017 and a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Public Scholar Award in 2020.