History and Art History

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Kathy McGill

Kathy McGill

Kathy McGill

Adjunct Faculty

U.S. History: Early American history, with particular interest in Atlantic history, identity, and travel literature

Kathy McGill received her MA in Early Modern European history from American University in 1973, after which she taught history at a small liberal arts college. She then spent most of the next twenty years overseas with her husband, a Foreign Service officer. After returning to the United States she also returned to academia, earning her PhD in Cultural Studies from George Mason University in 2002, and has been teaching graduate and undergraduate early American history courses at George Mason since then. She has presented numerous conference papers and authored articles that have appeared in scholarly journals. Her interests lie in the fields of Atlantic history, travel literature, national identity, and perceptions of nature.

Selected Publications

“‘How Easily the World May Be Begun’: British History, American Newness, and National Identity,” Dialectical Anthropology 27:2 (2003).

Courses Taught

Perceptions of Nature in America

Consumer Culture in Early America

Travel across the Atlantic World

European Migration to Colonial British America

Creating American Identity