About Me

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I am an Assistant Professor of History and Canadian Studies, a cross-appointment with the Department of History and the Canadian-American Center at the University of Maine in Orono. As an environmental and Canadian historian, my research has focused on forestry and natural resource management, particularly the notions of forests as contested spaces and the state as mediator between various user groups competing for access to public resources. Much of my current research examines the history of resource and ecological science in the mid-20th century. I am especially interested in how some scientists, often those working within government departments and agencies, went from unquestionably thinking of themselves as resource scientists in the 1940s and 1950s to more often than not simply identifying as ecologists in the 1960s and 1970s, and then perhaps even engaging in wider debates as public intellectuals and advocating modern environmental values. In recent years, I have also become intrigued by the field of comics studies, to the point that I am now researching and publishing on the history of government comics in Canada, in particular how the state has used comics to convey certain messages to citizenries. I am now under advance contract with the University of British Columbia Press to bring my first manuscript to publication, tentatively titled “Trees Are a Crop: The Crown Forest and the Modernization Ethos in New Brunswick, 1940-1982.”

Contact: mark.j.mclaughlin@maine.edu; https://twitter.com/MarkJMcLaughlin

Mark J McLaughlin’s Curriculum Vitae