Lachlan McCarron

Lachlan McCarron

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Humanities

Faculty of Arts


I am an MPhil student in the Department of History, with an interest in the emotional, social, and political history of the early nineteenth-century United States.

My current research focus is on how Americans in the Jacksonian period used the popular pseudo-science of phrenology to understand the emotions of themselves and others. In particular, I am interested in the role phrenological understandings of emotion played in the construction of race and gender, and the social and political repercussions of this.

My Honours thesis explored the role of emotional rhetoric in the 1828 presidential election, and its utility in mobilising the early Democratic Party.

HIST 1109: Revolutions that Changed the World, Semester 2 2020

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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2019 - ongoing Member Conference Organising Committee, Western Civilisation in the Twenty-First Century University of Adelaide Australia
  • Presentation

    Date Topic Presented at Institution Country
    2019 - ongoing Virtuous, Talented and Happy: Emotional Wellbeing in Nineteenth-Century Practical Phrenology Emotions and Mental Health: Interdisciplinary Perspectives University of Adelaide

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