Dr Mark McLay
- Lecturer in History (History)
I am a Lecturer in American History, with specialty in the post-1960 United States. I teach courses on America's Vietnam War, America in the 1980s, and a modern history of American elections. I am delighted to supervise projects that overlap with any of these areas.
My particular interest involves the intersection between politics and policy in the modern United States. For instance, I am interested in why certain policies lead to government's winning or losing elections, and how parties assemble winning coalitions. My first book, which is due to be published in 2021 with Edinburgh University Press, examines the Republican party's challenge to Democratic president Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty (1964-1981). Meanwhile, I have published articles on key moments in US race relations during the 1960s, such as the achievement of the Voting Rights Act and the political impact of the 'long, hot summer' of racial tension during 1967. I am currently co-editing a collection that examines significant midterm elections in US history.
Other special interests include how wars have affected the United States at home, particularly the Vietnam War and also the most recent Iraq War. While I am keen to supervise any projects related to HIV/AIDS or the War on Drugs.
I enjoy public engagement, and I have contributed to events at the Scottish Parliament, spoke on BBC Scotland about US elections and politics, and appeared as a regular commentator on STV. I am also the co-founder and co-host of the long running American History Too! podcast.
- Post-1960s US political, social, and cultural history
- The Republican Party
- War and the Home Front (especially Vietnam and the most recent Iraq War)
- HIV/AIDS Crisis
- War on Drugs