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, Technology, and Society (now called the School of History and Sociology) in 2003.  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. He is also the co-editor (with Michael Gagnon) of and a contributing author to Gwinnett County, Georgia, and the Transformation of the American South, 1818-2018 (University of Georgia Press, 2022). Courses that he has taught 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, Science and Technology in the Modern World, Technology and Science in the Industrial Age, and Engineering in History.

  • 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-2082: Tech& Sci-Industrial Age
  • HTS-2100: Sci, Tech & Modern World
  • HTS-3006: United States Labor Hist