Associate Professor

mccleakl@jmu.edu

Contact Info

Program Co-Director: JMU in Argentina

Education

Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles

Fields and specialties

Latin American history, urban culture, film and photography

Teaching areas

Latin American history, world history, urban cultural history

Research interests

Popular culture in Argentina, Latin American theater and film, Latin American and United States cultural relations

Selected publications

“Engendering the Public Sphere:Theater and Society in Buenos Aires Argentina, 1810-1920” Book Manuscript in process

Buenos Aires Flaneur: The View from the Streets, Urban History Association, The Metropole, May 9, 2018

Popular Theater in Buenos Aires: The Madrid of South America?, Urban History Association, The Metropole, May 16, 2018 

 “Playing with Fire: Theaters, Amusement Parks and Nightclubs and the Search for Safety” in Safe and Sound, ZK/U Berlin Germany, October 2017 (in English and German).

 “Performance, Nation, and Identity: The Spanish Zarzuela in Argentina, 1890-1900,” Tobias Becker and Kedar Kulkani, editors, Journal of Nineteenth Century Theater and Film, November 2017. This is a special volume on traveling theater and adaptation.

"Papás, malevos, and patotas: 'Character'izing Masculinity on the Stages and in the Audiences of Buenos Aires, 1880-1920" in Carolina Rocha, editor, Muy Machos: Modern Argentine Masculinities (London: Intellect Books), 2013.

"Inflaming the Fears of Theater Goers: How Fires Shaped the Public Sphere in Buenos Aires, 1880-1910," in Greg Bankoff et al., Flammable Cities: Urban Conflagration and the Making of the Modern World. University of Wisconsin Press, 2012.

"Ethnic Identity and Elite Idyll: A Comparison of Carnival Celebrations in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Montevideo, Uruguay, 1880-1910," Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, Vol 16 No. 4, 2010, pp. 497-517. (These essays were republished in Carnival Art, Culture and Politics: Performing Life, Michaeline Crichlow, editor, London: Routledge Press, 2012).

"Mass, Popular, and Elite Culture? The Spanish Zarzuela in Buenos Aires, 1890-1900," Studies in Latin American Popular Culture, vol. 21, 2002, pp. 1-27.

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