About Me

Hello. I currently work as the Graduate Foundations Lead at Brandeis University and a Research Assistant at Harvard Business School. I received by PhD in history from Brandeis University in 2018. I am a historian of American foreign relations and an intellectual historian of the American university in the 20th century.IMG_2721



My manuscript, Understanding the Mighty Empire: Chinese Area Studies and the Construction of Liberal Consensus, traces the development of university China studies and its relationship to the New Deal-style liberal politics between 1930 and 1980. The publications page lists my publications and talks. Full text posted whenever possible.

In addition to my manuscript topic, my scholarly interests include the international history of the Cold War, Sino-American policy, American perceptions of Asia and Asian people, and the relationship between ideas and institutions.

Any inquiries about my research or intellectual interests should be sent to linton.matt@gmail.com.


On this site I write an academic blog about issues pertaining to intellectual history and China studies. I also contribute to the Society of U.S. Intellectual History blog and am the webmaster for the Division of the Humanities at Brandeis University. You can see my most recent posts listed below:

“I Defended My Dissertation – What Do I Do Next?” January 22, 2018.

Countrypolitan Nationalism: Ernest Tubb and Hank Snow’s Audiopolitics of Empire,” Society for U.S. Intellectual History, September 4, 2017.

Good Wives, Honky-Tonk Angels, and Cuckolded Cowboys: The Feminisms of Kitty Wells, Tammy Wynette, and Nikki Lane,” Society for U.S. Intellectual History, May 15, 2017.

Can a Country Girl Still Survive?: Female Country Musicians as Chroniclers of Rural Poverty,” Society for U.S. Intellectual History, May 1, 2017.

Any Enlightened Government: Mortimer Graves’ Plan for a National Center for Far Eastern Studies, 1935-1946,” Journal of American-East Asian Relations 24, No. 1 (Spring 2017): 7-26.

Review of Richard Jean So, Transpacific Community: America, China, and the Rise and Fall of a Cultural Network, Journal of American-East Asian Relations 23, No. 4 (Winter 2016): 407-409.

It’s Only Business: Neoliberalism and the National Basketball Association,” June 18,2016.

Areas of Concern: Intellectual History and the Challenges of Academic Globalism,” Society for U.S. Intellectual History, June 4, 2016.

President Obama’s Moral Revolution and Its Dying Vanguard,” June 2, 2016.

“Architects of Capitulation: Assessing McCarthyism’s Charges Against University China Experts”, Conference Paper delivered at the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, June 27, 2015.

“The Revolution That Wasn’t”, Review of Fred Turner’s The Democratic Surround, Society for U.S. Intellectual History blog, March 8, 2015.


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