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Matthew Mulcahy

Associate Dean for the Humanities, Professor
Matthew Mulcahy

Curriculum Vitae


Matt Mulcahy grew up in Ardmore, PA. He graduated from Macalester College in 1990, worked for two years at the National Museum of American History in Washington DC, and returned to the Twin Cities for graduate school. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1999. His first book, Hurricanes and Society in the British Greater Caribbean, 1624-1783, was published by the Johns Hopkins University Press in 2006. A paperback edition was published in 2008. Hubs of Empire: The Southeastern Lowcountry and British Caribbean, also with Johns Hopkins was published in 2014. His most recent book, Sea & land, an Environmental History of the Caribbean was published by Oxford University Press in 2022. He was chair of the department from 2007 to 2014.

Courses Taught 

  • HS 102 The Making of the Modern World: United States I
  • HS 343 American Environmental History
  • HS 345 Peoples of Early America
  • HS 346 Revolutionary America
  • HS 348 Civil War and Reconstruction
  • HS 423 Disasters in American History (Special Topic)
  • HS 463 Seminar: Topics in Colonial British America
  • HS 466 Seminar: Revolutionary Lives


rethinkingamericandisasters  Sea and Land Matthew Mulcahy  Hubs of Empire Hurricanes and Society in the British Greater Caribbean 1624-1783

Rethinking American  Disasters

Sea and Land Hubs of Empire  Hurricanes and Society
  • Matthew Mulcahy, "Climate and Climate Change in Early America," Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History (2023):
  • Matthew Mulcahy and Stuart Schwartz, "Nature's Battalions: Insects as Agricultural Pests in the Early Modern Caribbean,"  William and Mary Quarterly  (July 2018): 433-464.
  • "Making Sense of Disasters in Early America - and Today" The American Historian 15 (February 2018): 36-42.

Areas of Specialization

  • Colonial America
  • History of Disasters