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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
May 25, 2015
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Darren Mulloy

Associate Professor,
Post-1945 U.S. history

Contact Information
Phone: 519 884 0710 ext.3593

Office Location: DAWB 4-140
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursday 3:00 - 4:00 pm, or by appointment
Languages Spoken


Academic Background

BA (Law and Politics) First Class, University of Hull, UK
MA, American Studies, University of East Anglia, UK
PhD, University of East Anglia, UK

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, University of Illinois, USA
Law Society Finals (J.D. equivalent), College of Law, Guildford, UK



Academic Interests

Political extremism; radicalism; post-1945 U.S. history; American film and popular music   

Courses Taught

HI114: Problems in US History
HI260: History on Film
HI332: Twentieth-Century US Foreign Policy
HI387: American Protest Music in the Twentieth Century
HI441: Arguing About Democracy: American Extremism, 1776-2000
HI643: Twentieth-Century American Extremism
HI696: Cold War America

Recent Publications


The World of the John Birch Society: Conspiracy, Conservatism and the Cold War (Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2014)

American Extremism: History, Politics and the Militia Movement (London: Routledge, 2004)

Homegrown Revolutionaries: An American Militia Reader (Norwich: Arthur Miller Centre for American Studies, 1999)


'Whatever Happened to the American Militia Movement?' ExtremisProject  (Oct. 2012) 

 'Is There a "Field"? And if There Isn't, Should We be Worried About It?' in 'Roundtable: Terrorism and the American Experience: A State of the Field.' Journal of American History 98, 1 (June 2011): 111-114. 

'New Panthers, Old Panthers and the Politics of Black Nationalism in the United States.' Patterns of Prejudice 44 , 3 (2010): 217-238.

'Riots, Disasters and Racism: Impending Racial Cataclysm and the American Extreme Right.' with George Michael. Patterns of Prejudice 42, 4&5 (2008): 465-487.  

'"Liberty or Death": Violence and the Rhetoric of Revolution in the American Militia Movement.'Canadian Review of American Studies 38, 1 (2008): 119-145.

‘Conversing with the Dead: The Militia Movement and American History.’ Journal of American Studies 38  (2004): 439-456

 'A Hero to Most: Rap, Race and Reputation in 8 Mile,' Spiked (Summer 2003): 10-11

‘To Dream of Dancing Dwarves: The Meaning of Mulholland Drive.’ Spiked (Winter 2002): 10–11

'Terror, Violence and Public Relations: Hollywood and 9/11.' Spiked (Spring 2002): 10-12

‘High Anxiety: Hollywood History in U-571 and The Patriot.’ Spiked (Winter: 2001): 10–11

‘What’s the Rumpus: In Defence of the Coen Brothers.’ Spiked (Autumn 1999): 14–15

Chapters in Books

'The New Black Panther Party, Black Nationalism and the Tangled Legacy of COINTELPRO,' in Extremism in America, ed. George Michael (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2014): 70-113.

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Social History, edited by Lynn Dumenil. Essay on the militia movement in the United States. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.)

'Extremism and Americanism: The Modern Militia Movement in the United States and its History Politics, 1994-2010,' in Jahrbuch fur Politik und Geschichte 2 (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2012): 75-91.

 'Riots, Disasters and Racism: Impending Racial Cataclysm and the American Extreme Right,' with George Michael in Naming Race, Naming Racism (New York: Routledge, 2009). Edited by Jonathan Judaken.

'Into Dark Places: Violence, History and the American Militia Movement,' in Sizing Up Rhetoric (Long Grove, Illinois: Waveland Press, 2007). Edited by David Zarefsky and Elizabeth Benacka.

World Fascism: A Historical Encyclopedia (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2006). Edited by Cyprian Blaimes. Essays on survivalism and the German-American Bund.

Conspiracy Theories in American History (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2003). Edited by Peter Knight.  Essays on the Oklahoma City bombing, Waco, the United Nations, the National Rifle Association and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 

Recent Book Reviews

'The Violent Image: Insurgent Propaganda and the New Revolutionaries by Neville Bolt,' Terrorism and Political Violence 25, 5 (2013): 857-56.

 'Screening Torture: Media Representations of State Terror and Political Domination by Michael Flynn and Fabiola F. Slaek,' Terrorism and Political Violence 25, 5 (2013): 848-49.

'From the Bullet to the Ballot: The Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party and Racial Coalition Politics in Chicago by Jakobi Williams,' H-Net: H-1960s (Sept. 2013).

'Shocked and Awed: A Dictionary of the War on Terror by Fred Halliday,' Terrorism and Political Violence 25, 3 (2013): 404-504.

'Terrorism as Crime: From Oklahoma City to Al-Qaeda and Beyond by Mark S. Hamm,' Terrorism and Political Violence 25, 2 (2013): 331-333. 

'Chasing Phantoms: Reality, Imagination and Homeland Security Since 9/11 by Michael Barkun,' Terrorism and Political Violence 24, 5 (2012): 861-862.

'A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of his Arm a Tiny Bomb by Amitava Kumar,' Terrorism and Political Violence 24, 3 (2012): 513-514.  

'Right in Michigan's Grassroots: From the KKK to the Michigan Militia by JoEllen McNergney Vinyard,' Journal of American Studies 46, 2 (2012) E36.

'The Barbarisation of Warfare by George Kassimeris (ed.),' Terrorism and Political Violence 23, 5 (2011): 844-845. 

'Wanting War: Why the Bush Administration Invaded Iraq by Jeffrey Record,' Terrorism and Political Violence 23, 4 (2011): 674-675. 

'Terrorism: The New World Disorder by Nicholas Fotion, Boris Kashnikov, and Joanne K. Lekea and War and Ethics: A New Just War Theory by Nicholas Fotion,' Terrorism and Political Violence 23. 4 (2011) 678-679.

'One Family's Response to Terrorism: A Daughter's Memoir by Susan Kerr van de Ven,' Terrorism and Political Violence 23, 3 (2011): 474-475.

'Demagogues: The Fight to Save Democracy From its Worst Enemies by Michael Signer,' Terrorism and Political Violence 22, 3 (2010): 465-67.

'Revolution Unending: Afghanistan, 1979 to the Present by Gilles Dorronsoro,' Terrorism and Political Violence,  22, 2 (2010): 329-30.

'The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire and the Future of America by Peter Dale Scott,' Terrorism and Political Violence, 22, 1 (2010): 126-27.

'Playing Politics with Terrorism: A Users Guide (ed) George Kassimeris,' Terrorism and Political Violence, 22, 1 (2010): 131-33.      

'Real Enemies: Conspiracy Theories and American Democracy, World War I to 9/11 by Kathryn S. Olmsted,' Journal of American History (December 2009): 886-87.