Lisa McGirr

Professor of History


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.

Dissertation Committees

“Righteous Politics in the Black Metropolis: Race, Religion and Urban Space in Postwar Chicago” (Clinton Williams)

“Back to the Blanket: The Indian Fiction of Oliver La Farge, John Joseph Mathews, D’Arcy McNickle, Ruth Underhill, and Frank Waters, 1927-1944” (Nancy Elam Squires)

Selected Publications

  • SuburbanWarriorsMcGirr

    Suburban Warriors: The Origins of the New American Right (Princeton University Press, 2001), by Lisa McGirr