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Matthew Mancini, Ph.D.

Professor
American Studies


Courses Taught

ASTD 3000: American Decades: The 1890s—Decade of Crisis; ASTD 3400: Prisons in American Culture; ASTD 4960: Senior Capstone; ASTD 5000: Perspectives in American Studies; ASTD 5001: Introduction to American Studies; ASTD 5300: Cultures of the American South; ASTD 5400: Tocqueville's America; ASTD 5900: The Practice of American Studies; ASTD 5930: Historical Classics and the American Studies Tradition: ASTD 5930: Reading Moby Dick: ASTD 6000: Mythbusting and Mythmaking in Recent American Studies Scholarship

Education

Ph.D., American Studies, Emory University
A.B., Fordham University

Research Interests

Mancini is the author of Alexis de Tocqueville and American Intellectuals: From His Times to Ours; One Dies, Get Another: Convict Leasing in the American South, 1866–1928; and Alexis de Tocqueville. He co-edited Understanding Maritain about the great French Catholic philosopher Jacques Maritain and he has published numerous articles on subjects ranging from convict labor to Melville's Moby-Dick.

Publications and Media Placements

Books

Alexis de Tocqueville and American Intellectuals: From His Times to Ours. Rowman and Littlefield, 2006 (American Intellectual Culture Series).

One Dies, Get Another: Convict Leasing in the American South, 1866-1928, University of South Carolina Press, 1996. University of South Carolina Press submission for Francis Parkman Prize and Avery O. Craven Award.

Alexis de Tocqueville, Twayne, 1994 (World Authors Series).

Understanding Maritain: Philosopher and Friend (Co-editor and contributor). Mercer University Press, 1988.

Recent Articles

"Francis Lieber, Slavery, and the ‘Genesis' of the Laws of War,"Journal of Southern History, 77, No. 2 (May 2011), 325–48.

"From Oblivion to Apotheosis: The Ironic Journey of Alexis de Tocqueville,"Journal of American Studies 45, No. 1 (February 2011), 21–37.

"Too Many Tocquevilles: The Fable of Tocqueville's American Reception,"Journal of the History of Ideas 69, No. 2 (April 2008): 245–68.

 

Professional Organizations and Associations

Mancini is a former president of both the Mid-America American Studies Association and the Southern American Studies Association. He is also a member of the major professional associations for historians, as well as of the American Catholic Historical Association and the ASA.