Rebecca Tinio McKenna

Rebecca Tinio McKenna


Assistant Professor

Graduate Program Field

United States History


Cultural; Economic; Imperial; Social; South Asia/India; United States


B.A., Barnard College
Ph.D., Yale University

Research and Teaching Interests

My research centers on modern American social and cultural history, and I am especially interested in the history of U.S. imperialism, political economy, and the intersections of capitalism and culture.  I teach undergraduate courses on the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, Interwar U.S.A., U.S. social and cultural history, and the United in the World along with graduate courses on 20th c. U.S. History and comparative empires.




My first book, American Imperial Pastoral: The Architecture of US Colonialism in the Philippines, was published in 2017 by the University of Chicago Press.  Centering on a hill station in the US colonial Philippines designed by Chicago urban planner Daniel Burnham, the project examines imperial ideologies and contests for colonial power through a study of the built environment.  My next book project is a history of the piano--from the ivory trade in Zanzibar to a Connecticut company town called Ivoryton, and finally to the American middle class parlor. 

Contact Information

Office: 454 Decio
Phone: 574.631.2576

Mailing Address:
Department of History
219 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556