Associate Professor Michael McDonnell

BA Ottawa DPhil Oxf
Associate Professor

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

After completing my BA in History and Philosophy at the University of Ottawa, in Canada, I returned to Britain to do a DPhil at Balliol College, Oxford, where I also taught briefly and served as Junior Dean. I then taught in old south Wales (at the University of Wales, Swansea) before moving to new south Wales to take up a new post in Atlantic History at the University of Sydney, in 2004. I have held short-term research fellowships at the Huntington Library, California, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation at the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, Virginia, the David Library of the American Revolution in Pennsylvania, the Virginia Historical Society, and more recently, at the Massachusetts Historical Society. I have also received research awards from Balliol College, the Scouloudi Foundation at the Institute of Historical Research in London and from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and, in 1997 was appointed a Fellow of the International Visitor Program run by the United States Information Agency in conjunction with the US Embassy in the UK.

Research interests

  • Early and Revolutionary America
  • American Revolution and Memory
  • Native Americans in North America
  • Comparative Indigenous Studies
  • Cultural intermediaries and brokers
  • Social history of the early Atlantic

Teaching and supervision

Teaching
  • HSTY 2662: Atlantic World in the Age of Empire
  • HSTY 2663: Natives and Newcomers
  • HSTY 2666: American Revolutions
  • HSTY 2691: Writing History
  • HSTY 4000: Civilising Subjects
  • HSTY 3602: History Beyond the Classroom
Supervision
  • Early America and the Atlantic World
  • Native Americans and Indigenous History
  • Memory and History

Current projects

Awards and honours

2008-2011 Appointed to the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lectureship Program

2008 Winner, NSW Premier’s History Prize for The Politics of War: Race, Class, and Conflict in Revolutionary Virginia

2007 “Class War” selected for inclusion in the Organization of American Historians (OAH) Best American History Essays 2008 collection.

2007 Winner, Lester Cappon Prize for the annual best article published in the William and Mary Quarterly for the year 2006 for “Class War?”

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2013

  • The Revolution in Black American Life: Memory and History in the Making of African America; McDonnell M, Corbould C, Brundage W; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2012

  • Diversity and difference: history students and social inclusion; McDonnell M; Department of Education and Training (NSW)/State Education Research Approvals Process (SERAP).
  • The Revolution in African American Life; McDonnell M, Corbould C, Brundage W; DVC Research/Bridging Support Grant.

2009

  • Charles Langlade, the Anishinaabeg, and the making and unmaking of the Atlantic World; McDonnell M; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2007

  • Between Borders: Refugees, Empires, and Nations; McDonnell M; University of Sydney/Research & Development.

2006

  • University of Sydney - Near Miss Scheme; McDonnell M; University of Sydney (CHASS)/Bridging Support.

2005

  • Crossing Borders: Indians, French and Metis and the Making of the Atlantic World; McDonnell M; University of Sydney/Research & Development.

Selected publications

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Books

  • McDonnell, M. (2007). The Politics of War: Race, Class, and conflict in Revolutionary Virgina. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.

Edited Books

  • McDonnell, M., Corbould, C., Clarke, F., Brundage, W. (2013). Remembering the Revolution: Memory, History and Nation Making from Independence to the Civil War. Amherst and Boston: University of Massachusetts Press.

Book Chapters

  • McDonnell, M., Fullagar, K. (2014). Facing Empire: indigenous experiences of European empire in comparative perspective, 1760-1820. In Robert Aldrich, Kirsten McKenzie (Eds.), The Routledge History of Western Empires, (pp. 59-71). London: Routledge.
  • McDonnell, M., Corbould, C., Clarke, F., Brundage, W. (2013). The Revolution in American Life from 1776 to the Civil War. In Michael A. McDonnell, Clare Corbould, Frances M. Clarke, W. Fitzhugh Brundage (Eds.), Remembering the Revolution: Memory, History, and Nation Making from Independence to the Civil War, (pp. 1-15). Amherst and Boston: University of Massachusetts Press.
  • McDonnell, M. (2013). The Struggle Within: Colonial Politics on the Eve of Independence. In Edward G. Gray, Jane Kamensky (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the American Revolution, (pp. 103-120). New York, United States: Oxford University Press.
  • McDonnell, M. (2013). War and Nationhood: Founding Myths and Historical Realities. In Michael A. McDonnell, Clare Corbould, Frances M. Clarke, W. Fitzhugh Brundage (Eds.), Remembering the Revolution: Memory, History, and Nation Making from Independence to the Civil War, (pp. 19-40). Amherst and Boston: University of Massachusetts Press.
  • McDonnell, M. (2012). Facing Empire: Indigenous Histories in Comparative Perspective. In Kate Fullagar (Eds.), The Atlantic World in the Antipodes: Effects and Transformations since the Eighteenth Century, (pp. 220-236). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • McDonnell, M. (2012). Jefferson's Virginia. In Francis D. Cogliano (Eds.), A Companion to Thomas Jefferson, (pp. 16-31). UK: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • McDonnell, M. (2011). "The Spirit of Levelling": James Cleveland, Edward Wright, and the Militiamen's Struggle for Equality in Revolutionary Virginia. In Alfred F. Young, Gary B. Nash, and Ray Raphael (Eds.), Revolutionary Founders: Rebels, Radicals, and Reformers in the Making of the Nation, (pp. 135-154). New York, USA: Alfred A. Knopf.
  • McDonnell, M. (2010). Dancing with Shadows: Biography and the Making and Remaking of the Atlantic World. In Desley Deacon, Penny Russell and Angela Woollacott (Eds.), Transnational Lives: Biographies of Global Modernity, 1700-present, (pp. 54-66). Houndsmills: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • McDonnell, M. (2009). Il a Epousé une Sauvagesse': Indian and Métis Persistence Across Imperial and National Borders. In Tony Ballantyne and Antoinette Burton (Eds.), Moving Subjects: Gender, Mobility and Intimacy in an Age of Global Empire, (pp. 149-171). Chicago: University of Illinois Press.
  • McDonnell, M. (2007). "Fit for Common Service?" Class, Race, and Recruitment in Revolutionary Virginia. In John Resch and Walter Sargent (Eds.), War and Society in the American Revolution: Mobilization and Home Fronts, (pp. 103-131). Dekalb, Illinois, USA: Northern Illinois University Press.
  • McDonnell, M. (2005). Paths not yet taken, voices not yet heard: rethinking Atlantic history. In Ann Curthoys, Marilyn Lake (Eds.), Connected Worlds: History in Transnational Perspective Volume 2004, (pp. 45-61). Australia: ANU E Press.
  • McDonnell, M. (2001). Charles-Michel Mouet de Langlade: Warrior, Soldier and Intercultural Window on the Sixty Years War for the Great Lakes. In David C. Skaggs and Larry Nelson (Eds.), The Sixty Years War for the Great Lakes, 1754-1816, (pp. 79-104). United States of America: Michigan State University Press.

Journals

  • McDonnell, M. (2012). History, Myth, and the Making of America. Reviews in American History, 40(2), 215-221.
  • McDonnell, M. (2011). Men out of Time: Confronting History and Myth. William and Mary Quarterly, 68(4), 644-648. [More Information]
  • McDonnell, M. (2007). Empire and nation: The American revolution in the Atlantic world. Journal of Southern History, 73(3), 683-685.
  • McDonnell, M. (2006). Class War? Class Struggles During the American Revolution in Virginia. William and Mary Quarterly, 63(2), 305-344.
  • McDonnell, M., Moses, A. (2005). Raphael Lemkin as Historian of Genocide in the Americas. Journal of Genocide Research, 7(4), 501-529. [More Information]
  • McDonnell, M. (2005). The King is Dead! Long Live the King? Australasian Journal of American Studies (AJAS), 24(1), 59-74.
  • McDonnell, M. (2004). A World Turned ''Topsy Turvy'': Robert Munford, The Patriots, And The Crisis Of The Revolution In Virginia. William and Mary Quarterly, 61(2), 1-53.
  • McDonnell, M. (2004). Jane T. Merritt. At The Crossroads: Indians and Empires on a Mid-Atlantic Frontier, 1700-1763 (review). American Historical Review, 109(1), 175-176.
  • McDonnell, M. (2001). National Identity and the American War for Independence: A Reappraisal. Australasian Journal of American Studies (AJAS), 20(1), 3-17.

Reference Works

  • McDonnell, M. (2012). American Revolution. In LJ Griffin & PG Hargis (Eds.), The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Volume 20: Social Class. (pp. 61-66). North Carolina, USA: University of North Carolina Press.
  • McDonnell, M. (2006). Mobilization in Virginia. Encyclopedia of the American Revolution. Charles Scribners & Sons Publishing.

Other

  • McDonnell, M., Allender, T. (2012), Thinking Inclusively about History at University: Recent Research and Developments in the Sydney History Department (Seminar, St Paul's College, University of Sydney, 1 August 2012).

2014

  • McDonnell, M., Fullagar, K. (2014). Facing Empire: indigenous experiences of European empire in comparative perspective, 1760-1820. In Robert Aldrich, Kirsten McKenzie (Eds.), The Routledge History of Western Empires, (pp. 59-71). London: Routledge.

2013

  • McDonnell, M., Corbould, C., Clarke, F., Brundage, W. (2013). Remembering the Revolution: Memory, History and Nation Making from Independence to the Civil War. Amherst and Boston: University of Massachusetts Press.
  • McDonnell, M., Corbould, C., Clarke, F., Brundage, W. (2013). The Revolution in American Life from 1776 to the Civil War. In Michael A. McDonnell, Clare Corbould, Frances M. Clarke, W. Fitzhugh Brundage (Eds.), Remembering the Revolution: Memory, History, and Nation Making from Independence to the Civil War, (pp. 1-15). Amherst and Boston: University of Massachusetts Press.
  • McDonnell, M. (2013). The Struggle Within: Colonial Politics on the Eve of Independence. In Edward G. Gray, Jane Kamensky (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the American Revolution, (pp. 103-120). New York, United States: Oxford University Press.
  • McDonnell, M. (2013). War and Nationhood: Founding Myths and Historical Realities. In Michael A. McDonnell, Clare Corbould, Frances M. Clarke, W. Fitzhugh Brundage (Eds.), Remembering the Revolution: Memory, History, and Nation Making from Independence to the Civil War, (pp. 19-40). Amherst and Boston: University of Massachusetts Press.

2012

  • McDonnell, M. (2012). American Revolution. In LJ Griffin & PG Hargis (Eds.), The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Volume 20: Social Class. (pp. 61-66). North Carolina, USA: University of North Carolina Press.
  • McDonnell, M. (2012). Facing Empire: Indigenous Histories in Comparative Perspective. In Kate Fullagar (Eds.), The Atlantic World in the Antipodes: Effects and Transformations since the Eighteenth Century, (pp. 220-236). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • McDonnell, M. (2012). History, Myth, and the Making of America. Reviews in American History, 40(2), 215-221.
  • McDonnell, M. (2012). Jefferson's Virginia. In Francis D. Cogliano (Eds.), A Companion to Thomas Jefferson, (pp. 16-31). UK: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • McDonnell, M., Allender, T. (2012), Thinking Inclusively about History at University: Recent Research and Developments in the Sydney History Department (Seminar, St Paul's College, University of Sydney, 1 August 2012).

2011

  • McDonnell, M. (2011). "The Spirit of Levelling": James Cleveland, Edward Wright, and the Militiamen's Struggle for Equality in Revolutionary Virginia. In Alfred F. Young, Gary B. Nash, and Ray Raphael (Eds.), Revolutionary Founders: Rebels, Radicals, and Reformers in the Making of the Nation, (pp. 135-154). New York, USA: Alfred A. Knopf.
  • McDonnell, M. (2011). Men out of Time: Confronting History and Myth. William and Mary Quarterly, 68(4), 644-648. [More Information]

2010

  • McDonnell, M. (2010). Dancing with Shadows: Biography and the Making and Remaking of the Atlantic World. In Desley Deacon, Penny Russell and Angela Woollacott (Eds.), Transnational Lives: Biographies of Global Modernity, 1700-present, (pp. 54-66). Houndsmills: Palgrave Macmillan.

2009

  • McDonnell, M. (2009). Il a Epousé une Sauvagesse': Indian and Métis Persistence Across Imperial and National Borders. In Tony Ballantyne and Antoinette Burton (Eds.), Moving Subjects: Gender, Mobility and Intimacy in an Age of Global Empire, (pp. 149-171). Chicago: University of Illinois Press.

2007

  • McDonnell, M. (2007). "Fit for Common Service?" Class, Race, and Recruitment in Revolutionary Virginia. In John Resch and Walter Sargent (Eds.), War and Society in the American Revolution: Mobilization and Home Fronts, (pp. 103-131). Dekalb, Illinois, USA: Northern Illinois University Press.
  • McDonnell, M. (2007). Empire and nation: The American revolution in the Atlantic world. Journal of Southern History, 73(3), 683-685.
  • McDonnell, M. (2007). The Politics of War: Race, Class, and conflict in Revolutionary Virgina. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.

2006

  • McDonnell, M. (2006). Class War? Class Struggles During the American Revolution in Virginia. William and Mary Quarterly, 63(2), 305-344.
  • McDonnell, M. (2006). Mobilization in Virginia. Encyclopedia of the American Revolution. Charles Scribners & Sons Publishing.

2005

  • McDonnell, M. (2005). Paths not yet taken, voices not yet heard: rethinking Atlantic history. In Ann Curthoys, Marilyn Lake (Eds.), Connected Worlds: History in Transnational Perspective Volume 2004, (pp. 45-61). Australia: ANU E Press.
  • McDonnell, M., Moses, A. (2005). Raphael Lemkin as Historian of Genocide in the Americas. Journal of Genocide Research, 7(4), 501-529. [More Information]
  • McDonnell, M. (2005). The King is Dead! Long Live the King? Australasian Journal of American Studies (AJAS), 24(1), 59-74.

2004

  • McDonnell, M. (2004). A World Turned ''Topsy Turvy'': Robert Munford, The Patriots, And The Crisis Of The Revolution In Virginia. William and Mary Quarterly, 61(2), 1-53.
  • McDonnell, M. (2004). Jane T. Merritt. At The Crossroads: Indians and Empires on a Mid-Atlantic Frontier, 1700-1763 (review). American Historical Review, 109(1), 175-176.

2001

  • McDonnell, M. (2001). Charles-Michel Mouet de Langlade: Warrior, Soldier and Intercultural Window on the Sixty Years War for the Great Lakes. In David C. Skaggs and Larry Nelson (Eds.), The Sixty Years War for the Great Lakes, 1754-1816, (pp. 79-104). United States of America: Michigan State University Press.
  • McDonnell, M. (2001). National Identity and the American War for Independence: A Reappraisal. Australasian Journal of American Studies (AJAS), 20(1), 3-17.

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