MATTHEW BASSO portrait
  • Associate Professor, History
  • Associate Professor, Gender Studies
  • Director of Graduate Studies, History
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 02/2012.

Presentations

  • “Settler Masculinity and the Labor Question: The Pacific Waterfront Strikes of 1913,” Labor and Working Class History Association Conference, Seattle, (accepted and forthcoming) June 2017. Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 12/01/2016.
  • “Transnational Western Labor History,” Labor and Working Class History Association Conference, Seattle, (accepted and forthcoming) June 2017. Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 12/01/2016.
  • “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. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/2015.
  • Chair and Comment, “Entrepreneurial Miseries: Neoliberalism and the (Trans)Formation of White Masculinity,” American Studies Association Conference, Toronto, Canada, October 2015. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/2015.
  • Chair and Comment, “The Power of Oral History: Uncovering the Stories of Latino/as in Utah, Utah State History Conference, October 2015. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/2015.
  • Chair and Organizer, “Settler Colonialism: Thresholds, Walls, and Bridges,” Western History Association Conference, Portland, Oregon, October 2015. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/2015.
  • Organizer, Moderator, and Panelist “Western Labor and Working Class History: The State of the Field," Western History Association Conference, Portland, Oregon, October 2015. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/2015.
    http://www.c-span.org/video/?328896-2/western-labo...
  • "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, 10/2015.
  • “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. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 05/2015.
  • “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. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/2015.
  • “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. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 01/2015.
  • "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. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/2014.
  • “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. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 02/2014.
  • “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. Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 11/2013.
  • “Conscription and the Post war Debate about Ideal Masculinity: Land, Labour, and the RSA,” Rethinking World War I Conference, Wellington, New Zealand, November 2013. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/2013.
  • “Conscription and the Post war Debate about Ideal Masculinity: Land, Labour, and the RSA,” Rethinking World War I Conference, Wellington, New Zealand, November 2013. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/2013.
  • “‘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. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/2013.
  • “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. Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 09/2013.
  • Facilitator, “Decolonizing History and Reclaiming Public Memory” Roundtable, Western History Association Conference, Denver, Colorado, October 2012 . Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/2012.
  • “How Can we Visualize Old Age Over Time and Space?,” Visualizing the Humanities: A Symposium in Digital Humanities, Salt Lake City, Utah, October 2012. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/2012.
  • “Pearl Harbor: A Turning Point in the History of American Masculinity,” Turning Points in History Lecture Series, Utah Valley University, Provo, Utah, November 2011. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/2011.
  • “Building Digital Archives that support Curriculum Materials: A View from Utah,” Association for Documentary Editing Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, October 2011. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/2011.
  • “GI Joe and Rosie the Riveter – Meet Joe Copper!,” Alta Club Library Forum Lecture, Salt Lake City, Utah . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/2011.
  • Served on “What Glass Ceiling? – Splat!,” a University of Utah Women’s Week Panel 2011 . Other, Presented, 03/2011.
  • Presented “Speaking Power to Truth,” University of Utah College of Humanities Humanities Happy Hour 2011 . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/2011.
  • "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. Conference Paper, Presented, 2009.
  • “Collecting, Preserving, Interpreting, and Disseminating the Remarkable History and Culture of the ‘American West,’” University of Utah President’s Club, January 2009. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 2009.
  • Chair, “Making Western Documentaries,” Western History Association Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, October 2008. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 2008.
  • “Place,” Berkshire Women’s History Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 2008 (for a panel I organized entitled “History, Theory, Masculinity”). Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 2008.
  • Chair and Commenter, “Energy, Culture, Environment,” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 2008. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 2008.
  • “Fresh Perspectives on Old Stories: New Approaches to the History of the American West,” Utah Museum Association Conference, Layton, Utah, October 2008. Invited Talk/Keynote, 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. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 2008.
  • “Butte at War,” Elise Donahue Lecture, Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, Montana, May 2008. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 2008.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • (Wo)men at Work Book Arts Project. PI: Matthew Basso. College of Humanities, International and Interdisciplinary Grant , 09/01/2010 - 05/15/2011. Total project budget to date: $5,500.00
  • “Voices from the Land Oral History Book Project” . PI: Matthew Basso. College of Humanities College of Humanities, International and Interdisciplinary Grant , 05/15/2010 - 08/15/2010. Total project budget to date: $3,500.00
  • Polio in Utah Oral History Project. PI: Matthew Basso. Utah Medical Association Foundation Grant and Private Donations, 09/01/2009 - 09/01/2011. Total project budget to date: $14,800.00
  • “Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans’ Oral Histories” . PI: Matthew Basso. Marriner S. Eccles Foundation , 09/01/2008 - 09/01/2010. Total project budget to date: $5,000.00
  • Pacific Island Oral Histories. PI: Matthew Basso. R. Harold Burton Foundation Grant , 09/01/2008 - 09/01/2010. Total project budget to date: $11,000.00
  • GRAZING IN NATIONAL FORESTS. PI: BASSO,MATTHEW. USDA FOREST SERVICE, 08/01/2009 - 09/30/2010. Total project budget to date: $35,000.00
  • AMERICAN INDIAN CURRICULUM PRO. PI: BASSO,MATTHEW. DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AND CU, 07/01/2008 - 06/30/2010. Total project budget to date: $250,000.00
  • UTAH AMERICAN INDIAN DIGITAL A. PI: THOMPSON,GREGORY C. Co-PI(s): BASSO,MATTHEW. STATE OF UTAH, 09/01/2007 - 08/31/2010. Total project budget to date: $55,000.00

Research/Scholarship Projects

  • Utah State Scholar for “The Way We Worked,” Smithsonian Institution and Utah Humanities Council Museums on Main Street Initiative, 2015-2017. PI: Matthew Basso. 09/2015 - 01/2017.
  • Occupy Salt Lake Oral History Project. PI: Matthew Basso. 09/2011 - 12/2011.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • United States of America
  • Oceania
  • Polynesia

Publications

  • The Way Utah Worked (An Interpretive Essay Published by Utah Division of State History and Utah Humanities), December 2016, 1-24. Published, 12/30/2016.
  • “Dependent Veterans: Settler Societies, Welfare States, and the Paradox of World War One-Era Military Masculinity,” article-length work-in-progress. In progress, 06/2016.
  • Reworking Settler Societies: Labor and the Evolution of Settler Colonialism in New Zealand, 1890-1950. Book-length work in progress. In progress, 01/2016.
  • “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. Published, 01/2015.
  • 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. Published, 11/2014.
  • “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. Published, 03/2014.
  • Meet Joe Copper: Masculinity and Race on Montana's World War II Home Front (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013). Published, 06/2013.
  • 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. Published, 12/2012.
    http://www.utahindians.org/archives
  • "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). Published, 09/2012.
  • Men at Work: Rediscovering Depression-Era Stories from the Federal Writers’ Project (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2012). Published, 09/2012.
  • Wo/Men at Work (Salt Lake City: Red Butte Press, 2011 [a handmade artists' book). Published, 12/2011.
  • "Consuming Labor," in Wo/Men at Work (Salt Lake City: Red Butte Press, 2011). Published, 12/2011.
  • We Shall Remain: A Native History of Utah and America, Utah Indian Curriculum Guide. Published, 08/2009.
  • Context, Subjectivity, and the Built Environment at the Anaconda Reduction Works,” Drumlummon Views Vol 3, No 1 (Spring 2009), 125-152. Published, 2009.
  • 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). Published, 2009.
    http://www.utahindians.org/curriculum
  • Across the Great Divide: Cultures of Manhood in the American West (New York: Routledge, 2001). Published, 01/2001.