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

Recent Publications


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


"'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).

"Four Days in May: Henry L. Stimson and the Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb," The Asia Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, Vol. 14-2-09 (April 2009) (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).

Full C.V. (pdf)

Research Interests

My research interests include issues of race, war, and morality in U.S. foreign relations .  I have written on early nuclear history as a way of examining the intersection between science, ethics, and decision making, including a recently-published article in Diplomatic History on pre-Hiroshima knowledge of radiation effects among American scientists and leaders.

My current research project is a study of the radical internationalism of the Black Panther Party (BPP) and its relationship to the Third World, the Cold War, and neoliberal globalization. My article "Uptight in Babylon: Eldridge Cleaver's Cold War" is forthcoming in Diplomatic History.

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)