Current research interests

Lisa McGirr specializes in the history of the 20th century United States. Her research and teaching interests bridge the fields of social and political history and focus, in particular, on collective action, political culture, reform movements, and political ideology. She has conducted research on transnational social movements as well as on the intersection of religion and politics in the twentieth-century United States. She is currently at work on a book entitled Prohibition and the Making of Modern America.  Her award winning first book, Suburban Warriors: The Origins of the New American Right investigates the social and regional basis of grass-roots conservative politics in the post-World War II United States. Courses taught include the history of “protest and politics” in United States history, social movements, the New Deal, the 1960s and undergraduate and graduate research seminars focusing on sources, methods, and themes in twentieth-century United States history.

Selected Publications
  • American History Now,   Temple University Press, 2011 (edited with Eric Foner)

  • “The Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti: A Global History” Journal of American History 93 (March 2007)1085-111

  • Suburban Warriors: The Origins of the New American Right (Princeton University Press 2001, paper, 2002

Lisa McGirr

Position: Professor of History

Field: United States

Specialty: Twentieth-century United States, emphasis on politics and social movements. Interests include: reform movements; intersection of religion and politics; state and civil society; United States and the world

Fall 2013:
- History 2495: Twentieth-Century Politics and Social Movements: Seminar

Spring 2014:
- History 1495: The U.S. in the 1960s
- History 74n: U.S. History: Major Themes in the Twentieth Century

Contact Info

Robinson Hall

Room 108

35 Quincy Street

Cambridge, MA 02138



Office Hours: Tuesday 12-1:30 and by apppointment.