Department of History

John Munro

MunroImage1Assistant Professor
BA, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver
MA, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver
PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara
Office: McNally North 229

Phone: 902-420-5769

I was born in Glasgow, Scotland and grew up in Vancouver, BC. I joined the history department at Saint Mary’s as an assistant professor in September 2011. After completing a BA and MA degree from Simon Fraser University, I received a PhD in 2009 from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and then spent the 2010-2011 academic year as a fellow at Harvard University’s Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History.

I am currently revising my book manuscript, which originated as my doctoral dissertation at UCSB. Entitled “The Anticolonial Front: Cold War Imperialism and the Struggle Against Global White Supremacy, 1945-1960,” this work looks at the relationship between political economy and racial formation to argue that despite the inhospitable political climate of cold war anticommunism, a lively conversation continued about imperialism, the international dimensions of capitalism and white supremacy, and what Frantz Fanon later termed “the pitfalls of national consciousness.” In tracing the development of these ideas among a Black-led, intergenerational group who inhabited the overlapping identities of intellectual, cultural worker, and political activist, “The Anticolonial Front” recasts the relationship between decolonization and the cold war.

Selected Publications

“Anticolonialism, Antifascism, and Imperial History,” Imperial and Global Forum (29 June 2015) Link

“Imperial Anticommunism and the African American Freedom Movement in the Early Cold War,” History Workshop Journal 79 (April 2015): 52-75. PDF

“US Foreign Policy, Intersectional Totality, and the Structure of Empire,” Third World Quarterly 35, no. 9 (2014): 1566-1581. PDF

“Interwoven Colonial Histories: Indigenous Agency and Academic Historiography in North America,” Canadian Review of American Studies 44, no. 1 (Fall 2014): 402-425, PDF

“Empire and Intersectionality: Notes on the Production of Knowledge about US Imperialism,” Globality Studies Journal 12 (18 November 2008), PDF

“Roots of ‘Whiteness’,” Labour/Le Travail 54 (Fall 2004): 175-192. PDF

Recent Presentations 

“Anticommunism and Anticolonialism in the US and the World, 1945-1960,” Historians of the Twentieth Century United States Annual Conference, University of East Anglia, 27 June 2015

"Stuart Hall’s Atlantic,” North American Conference on British Studies Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, 8 November 2014

"Settler Sovereignty, North American Neoliberalism, and the Falling of Walls in 1989,” Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual Meeting, Lexington, KY, 20 June 2014

“Itineraries of Intersectionality,” Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, Halifax, 04 April 2014

"Civil Rights on the High Seas: the National Maritime Union and US Racial Politics in the Global Arena from World War to Cold War,” Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax, 21 January 2014

“Theses on Said,” Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, 22 June 2013

“Political Economies of Settler Colonialism in the Age of the Neoliberal City,” Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Annual Meeting, Saskatoon, 14 June 2013

“Colonial Continuities and Post-Cold War Neoliberalism in a North American City,” Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, 13 April 2013

“Scaling the Cold War: Anticolonialism and the Black Freedom Struggle after World War II,” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, San Juan, 16 November 2012

Chair, “Freedom Now! Learning from Los Angeles in Vancouver,” Social Science History Association Annual Meeting, Vancouver, 03 November 2012 (roundtable panelists: Christina Heatherton, Jordan Camp, Pete White, Jack O’Dell, Ivan Drury, Harsha Walia) link

“Legacies of the Anticolonial Front,” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, 06 January 2012


Current Teaching:

  • History 1255: The United States since 1865 (fall), syllabus
  • History 3826: US History at the Movies, 1940s-1970s (Winter), syllabus
  • History 3845: Indigenous and Settler Histories (fall), syllabus
  • History 4827: The American City since 1945 (fall), syllabus

Other Courses Taught:

  • History 2318: The United States and the World since 1865
  • History 3351: Class and Culture in the United States and Beyond
  • History 3352: Race and Racism in the United States
  • History 4451: The United States in the 1970s
  • History 4834: The United States in the 1950s
  • History 4837: Colonialism, the Cold War, and the Origins of the Twenty-First Century World
  • Sociology 4836: Indigenous Politics & Settler Colonialism

Areas of Graduate Supervision:

History of race in the United States, transnational US history, cold war studies, twentieth-century social movements, history and theory