Matthew Alexander Randolph

BA, History & Spanish, Amherst College '16
Matthew Alexander Randolph Graduate Student

Matthew Alexander Randolph (Matt, he/him) is a History Ph.D. student at Stanford University in the Transnational, Global, and International (TIG) field with a focus on the intellectual, political, and cultural history of the African Diaspora. His current research project traces the global dimensions of Frederick Douglass's thought and politics, especially his travels and diplomacy in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Matt has founded and led two reading groups at Stanford: one for Caribbean Studies and another for the history and legacy of the Black Panther Party. He also serves as a board member of the CORE research workshop (Critical Orientations to Race and Ethnicity) and participates in Stanford's interdisciplinary Black Studies Collective.

Outside of academia, Matt is a storyteller and community-builder with a passion for leveraging history to inspire and empower others while pushing for social change. He has contributed to public history and digital projects in the Bay Area and beyond, including volunteer work for the African American Museum and Library at Oakland, the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco, and his alma mater, Amherst College in Massachusetts. Matt is originally from the Baltimore, MD area and currently lives in Oakland, California.