McKayla Sluga

I am a first year Ph.D. student with an interest in twentieth-century American radical movements of both the Left and Right. The radicalization processes individuals and groups undergo as well as the ways in which they mobilize to connect theory and action are the underpinnings of my work, but I am particularly attentive to how avant-garde and modernist art and film have been used to support or combat social-political movements. My work also explores relationships between “high” and “popular” culture and how intellectuals have engaged with culture, society, and politics.

In a broad thematic sense, my research will explore the intersections among cultural, social, political, and intellectual movements in the twentieth century. Geographically, I will focus on radicalism in the United States, but I have become increasingly concerned with transnational connections and conflicts between radical movements of the United States, Europe, and the Soviet Union.

I double majored in History and American Studies and minored in Philosophy at Elmira College, where I earned my B.A. with Summa Cum Laude Latin Honors and completed the Honors Program. I was also a 2017 Gilder Lehrman American History Honors Scholar Award recipient. My research projects have focused on the relationship between radical social-poltical movements and radical artistic-intellectual movements of both the United States and Europe. Some examples include US Leftism/Marxism and Social Surrealism of the 1930s; Italian Fascism and Futurism; German Nazism and Modernism; Situationist International theory and Atelier Populaire poster art during the 1968 French uprisings; the 1960s-1970s Black Power and Black Arts Movements; and Afro-Cuban/Martiniquean Marxism and Surrealism.

TA appointments:

HST 392: History of the Holocaust (Fall 2017)

IAH 203: Latin America and the World (Spring 2018)

HST 304: The American Civil War (Summer 2018-online)

 

Year in Program: 1st year

Fields: Modern United States, Modern European, Cultural and Intellectual, Film/Modernism

Advisor: Michael Stamm

Committee: Kirsten Fermaglich, Sean Forner, Josh Yumibe

Research Languages: French, German

Educational Background: B.A. with Honors, Elmira College (2017)

Email: slugamck@msu.edu