Malcolm McLaughlin’s area of expertise is in twentieth-century US history. More particularly, his work is concerned with culture and American democracy, and his work has focused on race, class, and liberalism.


His first book was a study of white identity and violence in the Progressive Era, focusing on events surrounding the notorious East St. Louis race riot or massacre of 1917. (Power, Community, and Racial Killing, 2005). His second book was about liberal politics and the urban riots or rebellions of the of the 1960s, and took a critical look at the response of Lyndon B. Johnson’s White House to those events. (The Long, Hot Summer of 1967. 2014).


More recently, he has been looking into the consumer culture of outdoors recreation at the turn of the twentieth century. He is writing a series of essays exploring in different ways the links between the values associated with outdoors recreation and the emergence of the liberal “New Nationalism” of the Progressive Era—the politics most closely connected with Theodore Roosevelt.


He is able to supervise PhD projects across a range of topics in twentieth-century American history and culture. He would particularly welcome applications from students interested in research in the following areas: the history of American liberalism (and its alternatives, right and left); race and class, civil rights and black power; and broadly, environmental history. His research students have in recent years looked at the NAACP and civil rights in the 1920s-1930s, Jewish-American lawyers and the civil rights movement in the 1930s-1960s, the history of German-American Boston, 1900-1920, and the politics of English-language education in California in the 1980s-2010s.

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