Dr. McCoy received an A.B. from Cornell University in 1971, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 1973 and 1976, respectively. He has been at Clark since 1990.
Current Research and Teaching
A specialist in American political and intellectual history, Dr. McCoy teaches courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in early American history with emphasis on the period from the Revolution through the Civil War. Before coming to Clark he taught at the University of Texas at Austin and Harvard University. His current project, which is biographical, focuses on Abraham Lincoln and the Jeffersonian tradition in early and mid-nineteenth-century America. It follows directly from his two previous books: a general study of political economy in Revolutionary and Early National America, and a partial biography of James Madison that, by focusing on his retirement, explores the transmission of republican values across generations in the post-Revolutionary era.
"An 'Old-Fashioned' Nationalism: Lincoln, Jefferson, and the Classical Tradition," Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association , (Winter 2002).
The Last of the Fathers: James Madison and the Republican Legacy . New York and Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, April 1989. (Winner of two major awards: the Dunning Prize by the American Historical Association and the New England Historical Association Book Prize.)
The Elusive Republic: Political Economy in Jeffersonian America . Chapel Hill: the University of North Carolina Press, 1980.