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Mackey, Thomas C. 1956-

MACKEY, Thomas C. 1956-

PERSONAL: Born August 17, 1956, in Radford, VA; son of Howard (a British historian) and Blanca (a homemaker; maiden name, Pammer) Mackey; married Kelly Kane (a paralegal), October 9, 1999. Education: Beloit College, B.A. (history/political science), 1978; Rice University, Ph.D. (U.S. Constitution/legal history), 1984; postdoctoral study at New York University. Politics: Republican Religion: Anglican Hobbies and other interests: Reading, travel, baseball.

ADDRESSES: Home—900 Cannons Lane, Louisville, KY 40207. Offıce—Department of History, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292. E-mail— [email protected]

CAREER: Michigan State University, East Lansing, visiting assistant professor, 1985-86; University of Nebraska at Lincoln, visiting assistant professor, 1986-88; Eastern Montana College, Billings, assistant professor, 1988-89; Kansas State University, Manhattan, assistant professor, 1989-91; University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, began as assistant professor, became associate professor of history, 1994-2004, professor of history, 2004—, department chair, 1999-2004.

MEMBER: American Society for Legal History, Organization of American Historians, American Historical Association, Ninth Circuit Historical Society, Filson Historical Society.


Red Lights Out: A Legal History of Prostitution,Disorderly Houses, and Municipal Vice Districts, 1870-1917, Garland Publishing (New York, NY), 1987.

Pornography on Trial: A Handbook with Cases, Laws, and Documents, American Bibliographical Center-Clio Press (Santa Barbara, CA), 2002.

Pursuing Johns: Criminal Law Reform, DefendingCharacter, and New York City's Committee of Fourteen, 1920-1930, Ohio State University Press (Columbus, OH), 2005.

Contributor to periodicals, including New York University Law Review, Essays in Economic and Business History, and Filson Club History Quarterly.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Research on disputed elections and the "legal culture" of the U.S. Civil War.

SIDELIGHTS: Thomas C. Mackey told CA: "I have been fortunate to work with two outstanding historians in United States legal history: Dr. Harold M. Hyman, my major professor in graduate school at Rice University, and Dr. William E. Nelson, with whom I completed a postdoctoral program at the New York University law school. These examples of professional integrity demonstrated the potential to me of careful history thoroughly researched and well argued. They motivated me to understand history as a process of criticism and interpretation and to argue from the primary sources up to an interpretation. They influenced my writing and career in professional history.

"Since undergraduate school I wanted to write and publish articles and books on aspects of United States history. In graduate school I combined my interests in politics and history by working in the field of constitutional and legal history. I work in the borderlands of legal and social history, in the study of the public policies regarding vice control. Law and society studies continue to attract me as both a reader and an investigator of the law. I am expanding my research into the areas of disputed elections and the 'legal culture' of nineteenth-century America."

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