Sean L. Malloy
Associate Professor of History

Founding Faculty
School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts
University of California, Merced

5200 North Lake Rd.
Merced, CA 95343

Ph. D. (History) Stanford University, 2002 
B.A. (History) University of California, Berkeley, 1994

Full C.V. (pdf)

Recent Publications


Atomic Tragedy: Henry L. Stimson and the Decision to Use the Bomb Against Japan
, Cornell University Press, 2008 (Amazon).

Articles and Book Chapters

"Liberal Democracy and the Lure of Bombing," Bruce Schulman, ed., Making the American Century: Studies in 20th Century Culture, Politics, and Economy, Oxford University Press, 2014, 109-123 (link).

"Uptight in Babylon: Eldridge Cleaver's Cold War," Diplomatic History, Vol. 37, No. 3 (June 2013), 538-571 (link).

"'A Very Pleasant Way to Die': Radiation Effects and the Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb Against Japan," Diplomatic History, Vol. 36, No. 3 (June 2012), 515-545 (link).

"'The Rules of Civilized Warfare':  Scientists, Soldiers, Civilians, and the American Debate Over Nuclear Targeting," 1940-1945, The Journal of Strategic Studies, Vol. 30, No. 3 (June 2007), 475-512 (link).

Research Interests

My research interests include issues of colonialism, war, white supremacy, and morality in U.S. foreign relations. My early work focused on nuclear history as a way of examining the intersection between science, ethics, and decision making. I am currently working on a book-length study of the radical internationalism of the Black Panther Party (BPP) and its relationship to the Third World, the Cold War, and neoliberal globalization. I am also in the early stages of a project examining orientalism and colonialism in virtual spaces through the medium of video games such as Call of Duty, Battlefield, and Medal of Honor.

Courses Taught

History 16:  The Forging of the U.S., 1607-1877 (syllabus )
History 17:  The Modern United States, 1877-2008 (syllabus )
History 120:  Essence of Decision (syllabus )
History 124:  African American History (syllabus )
History 131:  The History and Literature of the 1930s (syllabus)
History 135:  The History and Literature of the 1960s (syllabus )
History 139: Comparative Race and Ethnicity (syllabus)
History 190: Applied Research (syllabus)
History 191: History Capstone (syllabus).
History 193: Honors Thesis Research (syllabus)
WCH 240:  U.S. Social/Cultural History (syllabus )
WCH 248:  Race, Empire, and U.S. Foreign Policy (syllabus)