Alex Goodall
Lecturer in Modern History



MA, MPhil, PhD (Cantab)

Alex Goodall is a Lecturer in Modern History. He works on the history of the United States and Latin America, primarily in the twentieth century. His research focuses on the political and intellectual history of communism, anticommunism and other revolutionary and counter-revolutionary movements in the modern Americas, considered in both a national and transnational perspective.



Alex Goodall works on the political and intellectual history of revolutionary and counter-revolutionary movements in the Americas, especially in the United States during the twentieth century.

Teaching widely on the history of the United States, revolutions in the Americas since the eighteenth century, and the development of US foreign policy in the modern era, his current research focuses in particular on the history of counter-subversion in the United States, especially during the period between the First and Second World Wars. His monograph on the subject, titled Loyalty and Liberty: American Countersubversion From World War One to the McCarthy Era is shortly to be published.


Students interested in pursuing graduate study in fields relating to any of the above areas are encouraged to contact Dr. Goodall to discuss their research plans in greater detail.

Current and recent research degree supervision:

  • Jesse Helms and Latin America (PhD)
  • '"When the People are Made the Enemy": Human Rights, Military Doctrine and the Path to Atrocity in Vietnam and El Salvador' (MA by Research)


Selected publications


  • Loyalty and Liberty: American Countersubversion from World War I to the McCarthy Era. University of Illinois Press, forthcoming December 2013.


  • 'Red Herrings? The Fish Committee in the Early Depression Years'. In Little 'Red Scares': Anti-Communism and Political Repression in the United States, 1921-1946, edited by Robert Justin Goldstein. Ashgate, forthcoming February 2014.
  • 'Two Concepts of un-Americanism'. Journal of American Studies 47, no. 4 (November 2013): 925-942.
  • 'Diverging Paths: Nazism, The National Civic Federation and American Anticommunism, 1933-1939'. Journal of Contemporary History 44, no. 1 (2009): 49-69.
  • with Jessica Gibbs, 'Conflict and Cooperation: Cuban Exile Anticommunism and the United States, 1960-2000'. In Anti-Communist Minorities in the United States: Political Activism of Ethnic Refugees, edited by Ieva Zake. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
  • 'Repression at Home, Liberation Abroad: The Wilson administration and the birth of American Anticommunism'. In Democracy and Political Repression in the United States, edited by Cornelis A. van Minnen and Sylvia L. Hilton. Amsterdam: VU University Press, 2009.
  • 'The Battle of Detroit and Anticommunism in the Depression Era'. The Historical Journal 51, no. 2 (2008): 457-480.

Contact details

Dr Alex Goodall
Vanbrugh College V/215
Department of History
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: Internal 2924, External (01904) 322924