MATTHEW BASSO portrait
  • Associate Professor, History
  • Associate Professor, Gender Studies
801-585-6847

Creative Research

  • Co-curated "At Work: Prints from the Great Depression," an exhibition at the Utah Museum of Fine Art, Feb - May 2012. Curatorial/Production, completed 2012.

Presentations

  • Book Talk (virtual), Meet Joe Copper, Bowdoin College. , Presented, 2021.
  • Lecture, “From Jacob Riis to StoryCorps: the Documentary Impulse in America,” Park City Museum NEH On the Road Exhibit, December 2020. , Presented, 2020.
  • "The History of Work in American: Where Park City and Utah Fit," Park City Museum, November 2017. , Presented, 2017.
  • “Meet Joe Copper: World War II Home Front Men and our Shifting Understanding of Mid-Century America,” Ninth James Jones Lecture, Eastern Illinois University, November 2015. , Presented, 2015.
  • “Meet Joe Copper: World War II Home Front Men and our Shifting Understanding of Mid-Century America,” American Studies Program, Gender Studies Program, and Department of History, Oklahoma State University, February 2015. , Presented, 2015.
  • “Meet Joe Copper: Labor, Masculinity, and Race on the World War II Home Front,” Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, University of California, Los Angeles, January 2015. , Presented, 2015.
  • “‘Bugger You!’: Language, Class, and the (Trans)national Character of Pacific Settler Colonialism,” Stout Centre for New Zealand Studies Research In Progress Series, Wellington, New Zealand, October 2013. , Presented, 2013.
  • “How Can we Visualize Old Age Over Time and Space?,” Visualizing the Humanities: A Symposium in Digital Humanities, Salt Lake City, Utah, October 2012. , Presented, 2012.
  • “Pearl Harbor: A Turning Point in the History of American Masculinity,” Turning Points in History Lecture Series, Utah Valley University, Provo, Utah, November 2011. , Presented, 2011.
  • “Building Digital Archives that support Curriculum Materials: A View from Utah,” Association for Documentary Editing Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, October 2011. , Presented, 2011.
  • “GI Joe and Rosie the Riveter – Meet Joe Copper!,” Alta Club Library Forum Lecture, Salt Lake City, Utah. , Presented, 2011.
  • Presented “Speaking Power to Truth,” University of Utah College of Humanities Humanities Happy Hour 2011. , Presented, 2011.
  • “Collecting, Preserving, Interpreting, and Disseminating the Remarkable History and Culture of the ‘American West,’” University of Utah President’s Club, January 2009. , Presented, 2009.
  • “Fresh Perspectives on Old Stories: New Approaches to the History of the American West,” Utah Museum Association Conference, Layton, Utah, October 2008. , Presented, 2008.
  • “Immigration and Racial Formation in the U.S. West,” New Meanings of the American West Honors College Forum, Salt Lake City, Utah, January 2008. , Presented, 2008.
  • “Butte at War,” Elise Donahue Lecture, Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, Montana, May 2008. , Presented, 2008.
  • "A West both Highly Local and Transnational: The Problems and Possibilities of Public History and Digital Scholarship,” Frontiers of New Media 2 Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 2009. , Presented, 2009.
  • "Pioneers or Dole Bludgers: The Imperial Immigrant and Settler Culture in Post-World War One New Zealand," British Studies Research Interest Group, University of Utah, October 2015. Other, Presented, 2015.
  • Served on “What Glass Ceiling? – Splat!,” a University of Utah Women’s Week Panel 2011. Other, Presented, 2011.
  • “Settler Masculinity and War: Military Service versus Home Front Work in World War One New Zealand,” American Historical Association Conference, New Orleans. , Presented, 2022.
  • “Labor History and the Scholarship of Elizabeth Jameson,” Western History Association Meeting, San Antonio, October 2018. , Presented, 2018.
  • "Aging: A New Arena for Proactive Public Historians," National Coalition for Public History Conference, Las Vegas, April 2018. , Presented, 2018.
  • "Gender and Labor in Elizabeth Jameson's Transnational and Comparative Scholarship," American Historical Association - Pacific Coast Branch Conference, Los Angeles, August 2017. , Presented, 2017.
  • “Settler Masculinity and the Labor Question: The Pacific Waterfront Strikes of 1913,” Labor and Working Class History Association Conference, Seattle, June 2017. , Presented, 2017.
  • "Transnational Western Labor History," Labor and Working-Class History Association Conference, Seattle, June 2017. , Presented, 2017.
  • Chair and Comment, “Entrepreneurial Miseries: Neoliberalism and the (Trans)Formation of White Masculinity,” American Studies Association Conference, Toronto, Canada, October 2015. , Presented, 2015.
  • Organizer, Moderator, and Panelist “Western Labor and Working Class History: The State of the Field," Western History Association Conference, Portland, Oregon, October 2015. , Presented, 2015.
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  • Chair and Comment, “The Power of Oral History: Uncovering the Stories of Latino/as in Utah, Utah State History Conference, October 2015. , Presented, 2015.
  • Chair and Organizer, “Settler Colonialism: Thresholds, Walls, and Bridges,” Western History Association Conference, Portland, Oregon, October 2015. , Presented, 2015.
  • “Military Service, Masculinity, and Dependence: The Paradox in Post World War I New Zealand,” “Gender and Global Warfare in the 20th Century” - A Gender & History Symposium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 2015. , Presented, 2015.
  • "American Imperial Masculinity and the Construction of a Biracial Settler Colony in Aotearoa/New Zealand during WWII," Labor and Empire Conference, University of California, Santa Barbara, November 2014. , Presented, 2014.
  • “Land or Labor: The Fracture of Pacific Settler Masculinity in the United States and New Zealand,” Australia-New Zealand American Studies Association Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand, February 2014. , Presented, 2014.
  • “Conscription and the Post war Debate about Ideal Masculinity: Land, Labour, and the RSA,” Rethinking World War I Conference, Wellington, New Zealand, November 2013. , Presented, 2013.
  • “Conscription and the Post war Debate about Ideal Masculinity: Land, Labour, and the RSA,” Rethinking World War I Conference, Wellington, New Zealand, November 2013. , Presented, 2013.
  • “Land or Labor: The Fracture of Pacific Settler Masculinity in the United States and New Zealand,” Western History Association Conference, Long Beach, California, October 2014. , Accepted, 2013.
  • “Land or Labor: The Fracture of Pacific Settler Masculinity in the United States and New Zealand,” Australia-New Zealand American Studies Association Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand, February 2014. , Accepted, 2013.
  • Facilitator, “Decolonizing History and Reclaiming Public Memory” Roundtable, Western History Association Conference, Denver, Colorado, October 2012. , Presented, 2012.
  • “Place,” Berkshire Women’s History Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 2008 (for a panel I organized entitled “History, Theory, Masculinity”). , Presented, 2008.
  • Chair, “Making Western Documentaries,” Western History Association Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, October 2008. , Presented, 2008.
  • Chair and Commenter, “Energy, Culture, Environment,” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 2008. , Presented, 2008.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • United States
  • Polynesia

Publications

  • (date unknown). We Shall Remain: A Native History of Utah and America, Utah Indian Curriculum Guide. Accepted, .
  • Matthew Basso (date unknown). Meet Joe Copper: Masculinity and Race on Montana's World War II Home Front (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013). Accepted, .
  • MATTHEW BASSO (date unknown). Reworking Settler Societies: Labor and the Evolution of Settler Colonialism in New Zealand, 1890-1950. Book-length work in progress.. Accepted, .
  • Matthew Basso (date unknown). "Consuming Labor," in Wo/Men at Work (Salt Lake City: Red Butte Press, 2011).. Accepted, .
  • Matthew Basso (date unknown). "Introduction," in Matthew L. Basso, ed., Men at Work: Rediscovering Depression-Era Stories from the Federal Writers’ Project (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2012).. Accepted, .
  • Matthew Basso (date unknown). “Locally Made: Immigrant Whiteness in Montana’s Copper Communities,” in Brian Cannon and Jessie Embry, eds., Immigration and the Far West (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2015), 227-248.. Accepted, .
  • Matthew Basso (date unknown). Men at Work: Rediscovering Depression-Era Stories from the Federal Writers’ Project (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2012). Accepted, .
  • MATTHEW BASSO (date unknown). Across the Great Divide: Cultures of Manhood in the American West (New York: Routledge, 2001). Accepted, .
  • Matthew Basso (date unknown). The Many Wars of Buffalo Bill (1944). Journal of the West. Vol. 6, 48-59. Accepted, .
  • Matthew Basso (date unknown). “Dependent Veterans: Settler Societies, Welfare States, and the Paradox of World War One-Era Military Masculinity,” article-length work-in-progress. Accepted, .
  • (date unknown). Context, Subjectivity, and the Built Environment at the Anaconda Reduction Works,” Drumlummon Views Vol 3, No 1 (Spring 2009), 125-152. Accepted, .
  • Matthew Basso (date unknown). Utah American Indian Digital Archive (Phase I and II completed August 2010, Phase III completed December 2011, Phase IV completed December 2012; available at www.utahindians.org). Archive has over 50,000 document pages related to the history and culture of Utah's American Indian nations. Accepted, .
  • (date unknown). Utah Indian Curriculum Project (completed August 2009, includes teachers guide and other materials like interactive Google Earth maps, available via multiple website portals including www.utahindians.org and housed on the Pioneer Digital Library system). Accepted, .
  • Matthew Basso (date unknown). The Way Utah Worked (An Interpretive Essay Published by Utah Division of State History and Utah Humanities), December 2016, 1-24. Accepted, .
  • Matthew Basso (date unknown). Wo/Men at Work (Salt Lake City: Red Butte Press, 2011 [a handmade artists' book). Accepted, .
  • MatthewBasso (date unknown). Review of Monica Rico, Nature’s Noblemen: Transatlantic Masculinities and the Nineteenth Century West (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013), for Western Historical Quarterly, Vol. 45, No. 4 (Winter 2014), 461-62. Accepted, .
  • Matthew Basso (date unknown). “Settler Societies, Open Societies, and Colonialism,” a review of David Hackett Fischer, Fairness and Freedom: A History of Two Open Societies: New Zealand and the United States (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012), for Reviews in American History 42 (2014), 36-42. Accepted, .