Dr. Michael Mulvey
Assistant Professor of History
Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; M.A., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; B.A., The University of Vermont
Phone: 305-474-6920
Office: Mimi Dooner Hall

Dr. Mulvey specializes in Modern European history with a specific geographical interest in France, the francophone Caribbean, and Atlantic Africa. As a teacher and researcher, he is fascinated by the intersections of intellectual, urban, and gender history inside postwar and postcolonial contexts. Dr. Mulvey’s research and teaching agenda are exciting, ambitious, and converse with evolving historiographies. As an educator, he is dedicated to the academic success of first-generation college students and forming meaningful partnerships across greater Miami benefiting STU students. Dr. Mulvey is adviser for the History Club and STU’s chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta national honor society. He is dedicated to crafting courses with community engagement components in collaboration with the staff at STU’s Center for Community Engagement.

Dr. Mulvey’s book manuscript titled The Moral Moment: Catholics and the Housing Question in Postwar France studies how social Catholics attributed housing moral power in France and its colonies. Social and leftist Catholics adopted housing as the best means to achieve a series of objectives: establishing a collectivist culture of solidarity, promoting idealized gendered vocations, and encouraging (post)colonial proximity with difference. Catholic activists, bureaucrats, politicians, and bankers believed that they could build a secular republic that lived Catholic values by responding to the housing question. By all accounts, the Catholic moral moment failed because policymakers and consumers rejected a vision of collective social justice for one of individual economic liberty. The project’s goal is to reveal how Catholic moral considerations shaped claims to a right to housing as a core component of social citizenship without denying where postwar communities proved insufficient. More broadly, the case study reminds readers that religious traditions may provide a matrix of moral values capable of generating responses to urbanism. The project dialogues with the scholarship of Rosemary Wakeman and Philip Nord as well as Brian W. Newsome’s French Urban Planning, 1940-1968: The Construction and Deconstruction of an Authoritarian System (2009), Kenny Cuper’s The Social Moment: Housing in Postwar France (2014), Nicole Rudolph’s At Home in Postwar France (2015) and Alexia Yates’ Selling Paris: Property and Commercial Culture in the Fin-de-Siècle Capital (2015) as it explores the basic drama of real estate: the tension between home as a potential component of human liberation and a technology with bio-political and financial implications. The project also mirrors the renewed academic attention given by Europeanists to the role of Christian radicals, non-conformists, and socialists in reform and welfare movements since the mid-nineteenth century.

Dr. Mulvey has been the recipient of numerous competitive fellowships and has published in Gender & History and Historical Reflections/Réflexions historiques.

  • “The Problem that Had a Name: French High-Rise Developments and the Fantasy of a Suburban Homemaker Pathology, 1954–73,” Gender & History, 28.1 (April 2016), pp. 179–200.
  • “Jules Vallès and Séverine: French Political Culture and a Late-Nineteenth Century Subversive Cross-Sex Friendship,” forthcoming, Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques, 42.2 (Summer 2016), pp. 52-74.
  • “What’s was so Funny about Rabbi Jacob?: Les Aventures de Rabbi Jacob (1973) between History and Memory,” French Politics, Culture, and Society, (Summer 2017), forthcoming.