Department of History

John Munro


MunroImage1Associate 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
Email: John.Munro1@smu.ca

I was born in Glasgow, Scotland and grew up in Vancouver, BC. I joined the history department at Saint Mary’s 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.

My current book project, entitled The Anticolonial Front: The African American Freedom Struggle and Global Decolonization, 1945-1960 (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming) looks at the relationship between political economy and racial formation to argue that despite the inhospitable political climate of cold war anti-communism, 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.

I am also at work on two additional projects, one on the relationship between neoliberalism, gentrification, and settler colonialism at the end of the cold war, and another that interrogates “the cold war” as the dominant narrative for US and international history after World War II.


I will be on sabbatical for the 2017-2018 academic year.

For my publications and sample syllabi, please see my Academia.edu page at https://smu-ca.academia.edu/JohnMunro.