Matthew J. Countryman
Matthew J. Countryman is Chair of the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where he is Associate Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies, History, and American Culture. Countryman's area of expertise include African American social and political movements and race and U.S. politics since World War II. Countryman is the author of Up South: Civil Rights and Black Power in Philadelphia (2006), which won the 2006 Liberty Legacy Foundation Award for the best book in civil rights history from OAH. He is currently working on a political history of African-American mayors in the late 20th century and also serves as a project lead on a collaboratory public history project entitled, "“Making and Remaking the Northern Racial Landscape: The History of Racial Segregation and Inequality in Ypsilanti and Ann
Arbor, Michigan.” Countryman is the author of the recent essay, “2020 uprisings, unprecedented in scope, join a long river of struggle in America,” published in The Conversation, an online publication of short articles written by scholars.