University of California, Riverside

Department of History

Molly McGarry

Molly McGarry
Office Phone: (951) 827-1577


Molly McGarry

Associate Professor of History

Areas of specialization: 19th and 20th-Century U.S. Cultural History, Gender and Sexuality Studies, History of Religions, Public History, and Museum Studies


Molly McGarry received her B.A. from Cornell University and Ph.D. from New York University where she was awarded the Dean’s Dissertation Prize. She has curated exhibitions at The New York Public Library and The Jewish Museum and consulted with the American Social History Project. The exhibits have received curatorial awards from the American Association of Museums, the American Society for State and Local History, the International Association of Art Critics, and the Society of American Archivists. Recent public humanities projects include the “Guantánamo Public Memory Project” (2012) and “Geographies of Detention: From Guantánamo to the Golden Gulag” (with Catherine Gudis) at the UCR California Museum of Photography (2013). McGarry has held fellowships from the Smithsonian/National Museum of American History, a Pew Postdoctoral Fellowship in Religion and Media, and the University of California President’s Research Fellowship in the Humanities. She has served on the Steering Committee of the Humanities Action Lab and the editorial board of the Journal of American History.


Ghosts of Futures Past: Spiritualism and the Cultural Politics of Nineteenth-Century America. University of California Press, 2008.

Co-editor (with George Haggerty) of A Companion to LGBT/Q Studies. Blackwell, 2007.

Co-author (with Fred Wasserman) Becoming Visible: An Illustrated History of Lesbians and Gay Men in Twentieth-Century America.Viking, 1998. [Finalist, Lambda Literary Award for Photography/Visual Arts]


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Riverside, CA 92521
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