MacLean is Trinity College of Arts and Sciences William H. Chafe Professor of History at Duke and author of Behind the Mask of Chivalry: The Making of the Second Ku Klux Klan; Freedom Is Not Enough: The Opening of the American Workplace; Debating the American Conservative Movement: 1945 to the Present, with Donald T. Critchlow; and The American Women’s Movement, 1945-2000: A Brief History with Documents. The recipient of numerous scholarly awards and of fellowships from the American Academy of Learned Societies, the National Humanities Center, and the Russell Sage Foundation, she is an elected Fellow of the Society of American Historians and an OAH Distinguished Lecturer. Her articles and reviews have appeared in publications including American Quarterly, the Boston Review, Feminist Studies, Gender & History, In These Times, the Journal of American History, the Journal of Women’s History, Labor, the Law and History Review, and The Nation. She is currently vice-president of the Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA) and the Director of the CLASS Center (Center for the Study of Class, Labor, and Social Sustainability) at Duke.
As a participant in the Scholarship, Advocacy and Activism: Duke Faculty Perspectives on Human Rights series, sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute, MacLean draws connections between her studies of twentieth-century political movements and human rights in the United States.