Sie sind hier: FRIAS Fellows Fellows 2021/22 Prof. Lisa McGirr

Prof. Lisa McGirr

Harvard University
Department of History

External Senior Fellow
September 2021 - Dezember 2021

Raum 02 011a
Tel. +49 (0)761 - 203 97424



Harvard University

Professor, Department of History, appointed July 2007

Associate Professor, Department of History, July 2001-2007

(Dunwalke Associate Professor of American History as of July 2003)

Assistant Professor, Department of History, 1997-2001

Lecturer, History and Literature and History, 1996-1997



Columbia University, New York

Ph.D., History, October 1995

M.Phil., History, 1991

M.A., History, 1989



Walter Channing Cabot Fellow, for distinction in literature and the arts, Harvard University, 2017

OAH Japan Residency, Rikkyo University, Tokyo Japan, June 2017

Henry Adams Book Prize, Society for History in the Federal Government, 2016

American Council of Learned Societies, Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship, 2012-2013

Organization of American Historians, Distinguished Lecturer, 2002-present

Robert Athearns Book Award of the Western History Association, “Best Book on the

 Twentieth-Century West” 2002

Book Prize of the New England Historical Association, 2001

Charles Warren Center, Fellowship Grant, 2002-2003

Pew Program for Religion and American History, Faculty Fellowship, 1998-1999

Fulbright Lectureship, Germany, 1995-1996

Publikationen (Auswahl)

  • The War on Alcohol: Prohibition and the Rise of the American State (W.W. Norton, 2016)
  • American History Now with Eric Foner (Philadelphia: Temple UP,  2011)
  • Suburban Warriors: The Origins of the New American Right (Princeton, N.J.,: Princeton University Press, 2001, paperback 2002, second edition, 2015).
  • “Prohibition in the United States, 1920-1933” in Ernesto Savona and Mark Kleinman, eds, Dual Markets: Comparative Approaches to Regulation (Springer, 2018), 207-219.
  • “Port Huron and the Origins of the International New Left” in Nelson Lichtenstein and Richard Flacks, eds, The Port Huron Statement: Sources and Legacies of the New Left’s Founding (Pennsylvania University Press, 2014), 50-65.
  • “The Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti: A Global History” Journal of American History, 93 (March 2007), 1085-1115.

FRIAS Projekt

GARRISON NATION: The American Right, the Republican Party, and the Origins of Trumpism

Garrison Nation charts the history of the Right in the twentieth century United States, teasing out the deeper roots and origins of the ideas that led to the rise of Donald Trump. The book locates Donald Trump within a longer set of traditions by teasing out the ideas, organizations, and leaders of American illiberalism in the twentieth-and twenty-first centuries.  

The book answers questions that matter deeply to contemporary U.S. politics: It explains how the neo-liberal script, consolidated by the Republican Party elite and shared by much of its base gave way to a nationalist and isolationist insurgence that has reoriented its political orientation. But it roots this shift deeply in the history of the twentieth century, including the broader historical configuration of ideas on the Right as well as the social and economic conditions that have given rise to particular kinds of rightwing insurgencies. To address these questions, the book provides a thick description of the history of rightwing politics in the United States in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.