Dr. Daniel Geary
Mark Pigott Lecturer in U.S. History
My research focuses on the twentieth-century U.S, with a particular focus on the intellectual, political, and cultural history of the century’s middle decades. My interests include: political ideologies and movements, especially liberal and left-wing varieties; the development of American ideas about race and ethnicity; and the history of the social sciences and their role in shaping public discourse and public policy. My first book was a biography of the American social critic C. Wright Mills and I am currently working on a second monograph, tentatively entitled Tangled Ideologies: The Moynihan Report Controversy and the Transformation of American Racial Discourse.
- Radical Ambition: C. Wright Mills, The Left, and American Social Thought (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009).
- ‘Racial Liberalism, the Moynihan Report, and the Daedalus Project on the ‘Negro American’,’ Daedalus (2011).
- ‘Economics and sociology: complementary or competing perspectives in the post-World War II U.S.’, in Roger Backhouse and Philippe Fontaine, eds, History of Political Economy,special supplement on ‘Economics and the Other Social Sciences’, (Duke University Press, 2010).
- ‘Les Intellectuels américains et l’idéal démocratique’ (‘American Intellectuals and the democratic ideal’), Les Cahiers d’Histoire, 108 (2010), pp. 61-94.
- ‘ ‘Becoming International Again’: C. Wright Mills and the emergence of a global New Left, 1956-1962’, Journal of American History, 95 (2008), pp. 710-36.
- ‘Carey McWilliams and antifascism, 1934-1943’, Journal of American History, 90 (2003), pp. 912-34.
Teaching and Supervision
I currently teach Sophister classes (Levels 3 & 4) on ‘American Politics and Culture, 1939-1989’ (List 1) and ‘Race and Ethnicity in American Social Thought, 1880-2000’ (List 3), as well as contributing to the Senior Freshman (Level 2) class, ‘Themes in Modern American History’. I would welcome proposals from students interested in postgraduate study at Trinity whose research interests overlap with my own.
Department of History
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