Nancy MacLean
  • Nancy MacLean

  • William H. Chafe Professor of History and Associate Chair
  • History
  • 334 Carr Building
  • Campus Box 90719
  • Phone: (919) 681-6366
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  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Specialties

    • Politics, Public Life and Governance
    • Labor and Working Class History
    • Gender
    • Race and Ethnicity
    • United States and Canada
    • Global and Comparative
  • Research Description

    Nancy MacLean’s scholarship focuses on the role of social movements in changing American culture and public policy, with particular focus on the twentieth century and on the roles of class, gender, race, and region in shaping these movements and determining their outcomes. Her first book, Behind the Mask of Chivalry: The Making of the Second Ku Klux Klan (New York: Oxford University Press, 1994), was among the first historical studies to apply a gender analysis to men in order to help make sense of the phenomenon of reactionary populism. More recently, she produced Freedom Is Not Enough: The Opening of the American Workplace (Harvard University Press, 2006), which examined the role of jobs issues in the African American and Mexican American civil rights movements and the women’s movement, and exposed the enduring conservative opposition to the quest to create inclusive workplaces. Since then, she has produced two books for course use: The American Women’s Movement, 1945-2000: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2009) and, with Donald T. Critchlow, Debating the American Conservative Movement: 1945 to the Present (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009). She is currently working on the deep history of the push to privatize public services and decision-making, with a focus on school vouchers. An award-winning teacher, she offers courses on post-1945 America, social movements, and public policy history.
  • Education

      • PhD,
      • University of Wisconsin,
      • 1989
      • MA, magna cum laude,
      • Brown University,
      • 1981
      • BA, magna cum laude,
      • Brown University,
      • 1981
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship,
      • December, 2013-2014
      • Elected a Fellow of the Society of American Historians,
      • 2010
      • Allan Sharlin Book Award,
      • Social Science History Association,
      • June, 2007
      • Labor History Best Book Prize,
      • International Association of Labor History Institutions,
      • 2007
      • Outstanding Book Award,
      • Gustavus Myer Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights,
      • 2007
      • Philip Taft Labor History Award,
      • Labor and Working Class History Association,
      • 2007
      • Willard Hurst Prize,
      • Law and Society Association,
      • 2007
      • Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence,
      • 1996-2000
      • Frank L. and Harriet C. Owsley Prize,
      • Southern Historical Association,
      • 1995
      • Hans Rosenhaupt Book Award,
      • Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation,
      • 1995
      • James A. Rawley Prize,
      • Organization of American Historians,
      • 1995
      • A. Elizabeth Taylor Prize,
      • Southern Association of Women Historians,
      • 1992
      • Binkley-Stephenson Prize,
      • Organization of American Historians,
      • 1992
  • Selected Publications

      • Freedom Is Not Enough: The Opening of the American Workplace.
      • Havard University Press and the Russell Sage Foundation,
      • 2006.
      • [web]
      • Behind the Mask of Chivalry: The Making of the Second Ku Klux Klan.
      • Oxford University Press,
      • 1994.
      • [web]
      • The American Women's Movement, 1945-2000: A Brief History with Documents.
      • Bedford/St. Martins,
      • 2008.
      • [web]
      • Donald T. Critchlow and Nancy MacLean.
      • Debating the American Conservative Movement: 1945 to the Present.
      • Rowman & Littlefield,
      • 2009.
      • [web]
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  • Selected Grants

    • 2008-2009 John Hope Franklin Senior Fellowship, National Humanities Center
    • 2008-2009 Senior Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies
    • 1999-2000 Visiting Scholar, Russell Sage Foundation
    • 1995-1996 American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship
  • PhD Students

    • Eladio B. Bobadilla
    • Scovill W. Currin Jr.
    • William Goldsmith
      • 2011 - present
    • Johnnie T. Holland
    • Amanda B. Hughett
    • Jonathon M. Free
    • Rebecca Marchiel
      • 2008 - present
      • (Northwestern University)
    • Alexander Gourse
      • 2008 - present
      • (Northwestern University)
    • Fernando Carbajal
      • 2006 - present
      • (Northwestern University)
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