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Dr. Margaret Mulrooney

Maury Hall, Room 109
MSC 1104
Office phone: 540-568-8179

Associate professor of history
Associate Vice-Provost, University Studies


Ph.D., College of William and Mary (American Studies)

Fields and specialties

19th century to early 20th century US social and cultural history, especially race and ethnicity; public history; collective memory

Teaching areas

American studies; local and public history

Research interests

History and culture of the Shenandoah Valley; history of James Madison University; higher education; race relations in Virginia and North Carolina; collective memory in the South; civic engagement

Selected publications

Deep Currents: Race, Place and Memory in Wilmington, NC (book manuscript in progress).

Editor. Fleeing the Famine: North America and Irish Refugees, 1845-1851 (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2003).

Black Powder, White Lace: The du Pont Irish and Cultural Identity in 19th-Century America (Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 2002).

Co-author. Norvelt and Penncraft, Pennsylvania: Subsistence Homestead Communities of the 1930s (Washington, D.C.: HABS/HAER Division, NPS, 1991).

A Legacy of Coal: The Coal Company Towns of Southwestern Pennsylvania (Washington, D.C.: HABS/HAER Division, NPS, 1989).

Madison Caucus for Gender Equality (chair)
The Madison Collaborative: Ethical Reasoning in Action Task Force (QEP)General Education Diversity Board (chair)
Carnegie Community Engagement Steering Committee
Association for General and Liberal Studies (president-elect)
Virginia Humanities Conference (JMU delegate)