Dr McLaughlin obtained his PhD from the University of Essex, where he also taught for a few years before joining UEA in 2005. His first book, Power, Community and Racial Killing in East St. Louis (2005), is a study of a racial massacre that took place in the industrial city of East St. Louis, Illinois, in 1917. His most recent book is The Long, Hot Summer of 1967, a study of the urban riots or rebellions of the 1960s, the administration of President Lyndon Johnson, Civil Rights and Black Power.
The Long, Hot Summer of 1967,
ISBN 9781137269621UEA Repository
Storefront Revolutionary: Martin Sostre's Afro-Asian Bookshop, Black Liberation Culture, and the New Left, 1964-1975,
in The Sixties
pp. 1-27Full Text UEA Repository
"The Pied Piper of the Ghetto: Lyndon Johnson, Environmental Justice, and the Politics of Rat Control" "The Pied Piper of the Ghetto: Lyndon Johnson, Environmental Justice, and the Politics of Rat Control",
in Journal of Urban History
pp. 541-561UEA Repository
Ghetto Formation and Armed Resistance in East St. Louis, Illinois Formation and Armed Resistance in East St. Louis, Illinois,
in Journal of American Studies
pp. 435-467Full Text UEA Repository
Women in the Crowd: Gender and the East St. Louis Race Riot of 1917,
in Studies in the Literary Imagination
pp. 49-73UEA Repository
Greenwood Encyclopaedia of the Great Black Migration,
East Louis Race Riot,
Power, Community, and Racial Killing in East St. Louis,
ISBN 1403970785UEA Repository
Reconsidering the East St Louis Race Riot of 1917,
in International Review of Social History
pp. 187-212Full Text UEA Repository
Key Research Interests
Malcolm McLaughlin has written two monographs dealing in different ways with American history and culture in the twentieth century. The first is a study of race, class and violence in the Progressive Era, which looks at a notorious race riot that took place in the industrial Midwest in 1917: Power, Community and Racial Killing in East St. Louis (2005). The second is a study of race, class and liberal politics during the urban uprisings in American cities during the 1960s: The Long, Hot Summer of 1967: Urban Rebellion in America (2014).
In his most recent work he has returned to the Progressive Era to look at class and culture, and specifically at outdoors recreation and consumer culture. The project is concerned with way in which the development of white, elite and middle-class outdoors culture in the period of the 1880s-1910s helped shape the values that would come to define modern American liberalism.
He is able to supervise PhD projects across a range of topics in twentieth-century American history and culture. His research students have 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. He would particularly welcome applications from students interested in research in the following areas: race, class and civil rights; black power and the ‘post-civil-rights’ era; American liberalism (and its alternatives, right and left); violence in American cultural history; and (very broadly) environmental history.
Dr McLaughlin is Head of School (Art, Media and American Studies).