Matthew Platt, PH.D.

Morehouse College

Humanities, Social Sciences, Media, and Arts Division Faculty
  • Associate Professor
Dr. Matthew Platt studies the policy consequences of strategies for black liberation.

Platt is an associate professor of political science. He teaches courses on American politics, Congress, and undergraduate research methods. The bulk of Platt’s research focuses on Black agenda setting—how do you get Congress to pay attention to Black issues? He is writing a book manuscript that examines 20th-century Black politics through the lens of bill sponsorship in Congress. He argues that a narrow form of Black political empowerment (more Black faces in high places) undermined efforts at achieving Black liberation.



Office Location
Wheeler Hall, Room 307

(470) 639-0567

Office Hours
Tuesday and Thursday
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Dr. Matthew Platt ’03: On Topic – Immigration Policy

In the latest On Topic installment, political science professor Dr. Matthew Platt ‘03, explains the public health emergency border policy known as “Title 42” and how its upcoming expiration will impact immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border considering the current state of migration and global pandemic.

ICW Public Scholarship
A Chat with Prof. Matthew Platt | Morehouse College

Meet Prof. Matthew B. Platt who teaches courses in American politics at Morehouse College. His research is broadly about the policy consequences of political activity. Currently, that interest is taking the form of a series of books tentatively titled, “A Mess of Pottage.” This research is focused around the idea that a narrow form of black political empowerment has undermined efforts at achieving a more comprehensive form of black liberation. Most importantly, Platt is the third of six sons, a father, a husband, and a Morehouse Man.

Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library Constitution Day Celebration, August 3, 2020

In this Constitution Day Celebration, Atlanta University Center faculty members enlighten, unpack, and discuss African Americans and voter suppression in light of the United States Constitution. Panelists include: Dr. William Boone, Clark Atlanta University Political Science Department, Dr. Tammy Greer, Clark Atlanta University Political Science Department, Dr. Matthew Platt, Morehouse College Political Science Department, and Dr. Richard Benson, Spelman College Education Department.