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Summary: Race, gender, power and knowledge; African American History; Social movement history; Civil Rights and Black Power; Women’s Liberation
Location: School of History, Michael Sadler Building
My research interests lie at the intersections of gender, race and social movements in the twentieth century United States. In particular, I am interested in uncovering the ways in which activists in the US have historically mobilised gendered and racialised identities and worked to develop oppositional consciousness in the service of racial justice and anti-imperialist efforts. My work is interdisciplinary, encompassing feminist, sociological and philosophical theories alongside historical methodologies.
By exploring three significant post-war, US social movements womens liberation and gay liberation movements alongside Black Power my doctoral research accounted for the rise of anti-racism trainings within both leftist social movements and the wider US public. In other research projects, I have traced the shifting relationship between feminism, gender and anti-war efforts; recovered anti-racist feminisms obscured in contemporary historiography; and raised questions about the relationships amongst various sources of knowledge on race.
My on-going and future research projects are characterised by the historical study of gendered and racial knowledges and the impact of this thought on social, political and cultural life in the US. I am currently working on a monograph based on my dissertation which will examine the myth of white ejection from the Black Power movement.
Recent and Forthcoming Talks and Conferences
2015. Invited panellist, Why Is My Curriculum White? University of Leeds launch event, University of Leeds Students Union.
2015. Invited panellist, Black Lives Matter in the Fight against Climate Change at Leeds Tidals Building a Different Story gathering (Leeds, UK).
2015. Opening speaker, Gender, Inequalities and Academic Careers in US History and American Studies, School of History, University of Leeds, and the British Association of American Studies.
2015. Resisting Racism: BWMTs Workshops, Invited keynote, National Association of Black and White Men Together, Newark, New Jersey.
2015. National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminar, Rethinking Black Freedom Studies from the Jim Crow North to the Jim Crow West. Sarah Lawrence College.
2015. Whats the Use of Womens Suffrage? The Debate in Womens Liberation, paper on the panel Women, Gender and Knowledge Production in US History with Kate Dossett. British Association of American Studies Annual Conference, University of Northumbria.
2015. The Counter Archive as Anti-Imperialist Resistance, Invited talk, VIADUCT: Countering the Archive, University of Johannesburg.
2014. Resisting Whiteness through Non-Traditional Archives at Vanley Burke: By the Rivers of Birmingham conference, University of Johannesburg.
2014. Pam Allen, Feminist Racial Justice Activism and the Debunking of the Second Waves Master Historical Narrative, Situating Womens Liberation conference, University of Portsmouth.
2013. The Workshop as the Work: Race and Ignorance in the US Womens Liberation Movement, Freedom, Rights and Power: Recasting Womens Struggles across the Americas since 1900 conference, St. Marys University College.
Previously, I have taught at the University of York (Department of History) and guest lectured at Manchester Metropolitan University and for the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies at the University of Leeds.
HIST 2351: The American Century, 1941-1980
HIST 2557: Thinking about History
Special Subject: HIST 3220: Martin Luther King & the Civil Rights Movement
HIST3452: Constructing and Contesting Whiteness in the US, 1865-1975
I convene one of the core courses for the MA Race and Resistance programme, 'Approaches to Race'.
I also convene and teach the option module HIST5964: Race and Second Wave Feminism in the US
Race and Resistance is an interdisciplinary programme that crosses geographical boundaries and offers students a conceptual and thematic education in approaches to race and resistance. Im very happy to answer queries and discuss the programme with any prospective students.
I welcome research students interested in any aspect of social movements, gender and race in twentieth century U.S. history including: African American history; Womens history; Black freedom struggles; and the intersections of race, knowledge and power.
Lauren McCarthy: Recovering a Black American Tradition of Animal Advocacy
Forthcoming (2016). White Women, Anti-Imperialist Feminism and the Story of Race within the US Womens Liberation Movement, Womens History Review, Special issue on Womens Liberation Movements
2015. The most progressive and forward looking race relations experiment in existence: Race Militancy, Whiteness and DRRI in the Early 1970s, Journal of American Studies 49(3)
2013. Critical Race and Whiteness Studies 9(1), Special issue on New Territories in Critical Whiteness Studies. Co-edited with Maddy Abbas Júlio Decker and Shona Hunter.
2013. Locating Douglass Fitch: The Roots of Colour and Activist Traditions of US Whiteness Studies, Critical Race and Whiteness Studies 9(1)
2012. Understanding Antiwar Activism as a Gendering Activity: A Look at the U.S.s Anti-Vietnam War Movement, Journal of International Womens Studies 13(6): 18-31.
2011. Coarse Offerings: Lessons from the Cambridge Womens School for Todays Radical Education Alternatives. Graduate Journal of Social Sciences 8(2): 21-40.
Other Academic Activity
Since 2014, I have been a Research Associate with the Research Centre Visual Identities in Art and Design at the University of Johannesburg.
I regularly host Widening Participation workshops and give talks on African American, feminist and US social movement history.
I have also worked with local campaigning groups, including JUST West Yorkshire, Leeds No Borders and Leeds Tidal.
Shortlisted, Student Essay Prize, Feminist and Womens Studies Association, March 2012.
Postgraduate Essay Prize. British Association of American Studies, April 2011.
Peter Parish Award. British Association of American Studies, February 2010.
School of History, University of Leeds. Awarded School of History PhD Scholarship, 2009-2012.
Viola Rossing Prize for Excellence in Womens Studies. Saint Olaf College, May 2006.