Dr. Matthew Crocker
Degrees & Credentials: BA, Macalester College; MA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Professional Interests: US History, Jacksonian Era, Early Republic
Professional Background: Taught 3rd–8th grade English and history, Park School, Brookline, MA; taught history at the Walnut Hill School in Natck, MA, before entering graduate school. Was a teaching assistant and a teaching fellow at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst before coming to KSC.
Awards and Accolades: My book was nominated for the New England Historical Association Book Award, the Society for Historians of the Early Republic Book Award, and the Urban History Association Book Award.
Key Professional Work:
“The Magic of the Many:” Josiah Quincy and the Rise of Mass Politics in Boston, 1800–1830 (University of Massachusetts Press, 2000).
“The Missouri Compromise, the Monroe Doctrine, and the Southern Strategy,” in Major Problems in the Early Republic, 1787–1848, Documents and Essays, Sean Wilentz and Jonathan H. Earle, eds., Houghton Mifflin, 2008.
“Massachusetts Political History, 1787–1825,” in A New Nation Votes: American Election Returns, 1777–1825 website supported and sustained by the American Antiquarian Society with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. (2008).
“‘The Siege of Boston is Once More Raised’: Municipal Politics and the Collapse of Federalism, 1821–1823,” in Massachusetts Politics: Selected Historical Essays, Jack Tager, Martin Kaufman, Michael Koning, eds., Institute for Massachusetts Studies Press, 1998.
Professor Matthew H. Crocker recieved his BA from Macalester College and his MA and PhD from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is the author of "The Magic of the Many: Josiah Quincy and the Rise of Mass Politics in Boston, 1800-1830" (Amherst, 2000). Professor Crocker is a specialist in the political history of the Jacksonian period. His current research focuses on the connections between slavery and U.S. foreign policy during the early republic.