Projects per year
Malcolm McLaughlin is a cultural historian of the USA and the Transatlantic world in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
He is currently working on a new book about outdoor-sportswriting, and its relationship to changing attitudes to the environment and nation at the turn of the twentieth century. Connected to that work, he is involved in a collaborative project on the history of tourism and environmental thought, in this case focusing on Yosemite National Park. Meanwhile, he is also engaged in a collaborative project looking at the Great Yarmouth Hippodrome in order to understand the local and global histories of circus and the development of tourism and popular entertainments.
Previously, his research has looked at the interplay of race and class in the development of democratic society in the twentieth century. His first book was a study of community, white identity, and racial 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).
He has supervised PhD projects across a range of topics in American history and culture. His research students have in recent years looked at culture, community, and politics in San Francisco, the death penalty in the American justice system, the NAACP and civil rights in the 1920s-1930s, the politics of English-language education in California in the 1980s-2010s, Jewish-American lawyers and the civil rights movement in the 1930s-1960s, and the history of German-American Boston, 1900-1920.
Key Research Interests
My current research focuses on the history of tourism and popular sport, travel, and adventure writing in the 19th and 20th centuries. The work is concerned in particular with the relationship between consumer culture and the development of national identity in the age of global empire.
Previously, I have written on the history of race in the United States of America and in comparative context.
Areas of Expertise
Cultural history of 19th and 20th centuries
U.S. and Transatlantic culture
Media and consumption
Media, culture, and politics
History of popular print culture
History of sport and leisure
History of environmental ideas
History of race, class, and democracy
Dr McLaughlin was Head of School (Art, Media and American Studies) from 2016-2022.
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
The Body Beyond Disciplines: Guido da Vigevano's Corporeal Manuscripts Fellowships
1/05/23 → 30/04/26
Making and Unmaking: Contemporary Artists from Africa and the Medium of Sculpture
1/03/22 → 28/02/25
Digital Library Futures: The Impact of E-Legal Deposit in the Academic Sector
McLaughlin, M. & Berube, L.
Arts and Humanities Research Council
1/09/18 → 31/08/19
Foundations for Interdisciplinary Study: The Year 1 transitional 'bridge' to HE
27/09/13 → 14/04/14
Containing Multitudes Visiting Speaker Series 2010-11
Embassy of the United States of America
10/01/11 → 30/06/11
Forest and dream: Adventure, nostalgia, and the making of a sporting-tourist’s America, 1873-1890McLaughlin, M., 2022, In: Comparative American Studies. 19, 4, p. 293-320 28 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile6 Downloads (Pure)
Reckoning with Western Nostalgia: IntroductionMcLaughlin, M. & Wills, J., 2022, In: Comparative American Studies. 19, 4, p. 289-292 4 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Editorial
The story of America: the Kerner report, national leadership, and liberal renewal, 1967-1968McLaughlin, M., Jul 2021, In: The Sixties. 14, 1, p. 20-52 33 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile3 Downloads (Pure)
American Recreation: Sportsmanship and the New Nationalism, 1900-1910Mclaughlin, M., Dec 2020, In: Journal of American Studies. 54, 5, p. 839-869 31 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile2 Citations (Scopus)14 Downloads (Pure)
Storefront Revolutionary: Martin Sostre's Afro-Asian Bookshop, Black Liberation Culture, and the New Left, 1964-1975Mclaughlin, M., 2014, In: The Sixties. 7, 1, p. 1-27
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewFile2 Citations (Scopus)36 Downloads (Pure)