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Garrett McKinnon,

Garrett McKinnon

Garrett McKinnon is a historian of the United States of America. At Duke, he has taught courses on modern warfare, U.S. political history, and the U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction. His research interests center on violence, social movements, gender, and political economy.

McKinnon’s dissertation presents the United States' pursuit of drone technology as a lens into the nation’s militant way of being in the world. His work offers a social and cultural history of twentieth century machine warfare linking anxieties surrounding combat pilots to the fantasy of substituting machine for man in war.

His research has won fellowship and grant support from Duke University, his previous institution Louisiana State University, and external institutions including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History; the Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering, and Technology; the University of Michigan’s Bentley Historical Library; and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Foundation, John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, and Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation in association with the National Archives and Records Administration.

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Teaching (Spring 2021):

  • HISTORY 340.01, CIVIL WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION Synopsis
    Online ON, WF 03:30 PM-04:45 PM
    (also cross-listed as AAAS 342.01)
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United States and Canada


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