Matthew Hild


Member Of:
  • School of History and Sociology
Office Location:
Old Civil Engineering G-16


Matthew Hild is a lecturer of history, specializing in southern history and U.S. labor history and agricultural history.  He earned his Ph.D. from Georgia Tech’s School of History and Sociology (then called the School of History, Technology, and Society) in 2003.  He has taught intermittently at Georgia Tech since 2002, and he has also taught at Auburn University, Georgia State University, Rhodes College, and the University of West Georgia.  He is the author of Greenbackers, Knights of Labor, and Populists: Farmer-Labor Insurgency in the Late–Nineteenth-Century South (University of Georgia Press, 2007) and Arkansas's Gilded Age: The Rise, Decline, and Legacy of Populism and Working-Class Protest (University of Missouri Press, 2018).  The latter won the Arkansas Historical Association's J.G. Ragsdale Book of the Year Award in 2019.  He is also the co-author (with fellow HSOC/HTS Ph.D. alumnus David L. Morton) of Georgia Tech (Campus History), published by Arcadia Publishing in 2018. He is the co-editor of and a contributing co-author (with Keri Leigh Merritt) to Reconsidering Southern Labor History: Race, Class, and Power (University Press of Florida, 2018), which won the United Association for Labor Education's Award for the Best Book Related to Labor Education in 2019. Courses that he has taught at Georgia Tech include U.S. History to 1877, U.S. History since 1877, History of the New South, U.S. Labor History, America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era,  Modern America, Technology and Science in the Industrial Age, and Engineering in History.  He also has taught a course in the history of Georgia many times at Georgia State University and the University of West Georgia.

  • Ph.D., History of Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2003
Areas of
  • Agricultural History
  • History Of Georgia
  • U.S. Gilded Age History
  • U.S. Labor History
  • U.S. Southern History


  • HIST-2111: United States to 1877
  • HIST-2112: United States since 1877
  • HTS-1081: Engineering in History
  • HTS-2007: History of the New South
  • HTS-2013: Modern America
  • HTS-2100: Sci, Tech & Modern World