Thomas Mackay

Thomas Mackay

School of Humanities

Faculty of Arts


Dr Thomas Mackay is a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of History at the University of Adelaide. He specialises in modern American history, especially the history of American capitalism, the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era, and the histories of American social and democratic movements. Additionally, he is interested in twentieth-century Australian history, the history of violence, and general social and cultural histories.

My research explores historical processes of institutional legitimation, ideology formation, and mythologisation within 'capitalist' societies, particularly in the United States and Australia. Along these lines, my PhD thesis investigated popular confidence issues and the subsequent rise of advertising and public-relations in US banking at the turn of the twentieth century. I am in the process of preparing a book proposal based on the thesis with the working title The Search for Confidence: A Cultural History of American Banking during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. I have had sole-authored articles and book reviews published in Enterprise and Society, American Nineteenth Century History (ANCH), the Flinders Journal of History and Politics (FJHP), and the Australasian Journal of American Studies (AJAS). Additionally, I have had co-authored articles published in History Australia and the Journal of Australian Studies. I have a forthcoming co-authored article that will be published in the Journal of the Gilded Age Progressive Era, titled " 'You Are a True Progressive': The Depiction and Reception of Progressive Era Politics in Red Dead Redemption II".

I have been convening, tutoring, and marking at the University of Adelaide since 2013. I am convening and lecturing for Protecting the Peace in Semester 2, 2020. I co-convened Empires in World History in Semester 1, 2020, and convened Violence in the Modern Western World in Semester 2, 2019. I have also tutored for Empires in World History (HIST1108 2014, 2017), Revolutions that Changed the World (HIST1109 2015), Modern America: Capitalism and Democracy (HIST2062 2016), and Violence in the Modern World (HIST2090 2017). In addition to marking for these courses, I have also marked for Modern America: From the Civil War to Iraq (HIST2062 2013), Aboriginal Peoples and the Colonial World (HIST3052 2016), and Human Trafficking: Atlantic Trade to Contemporary (HIST3030 2017).


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