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Patrick J. Maney


Patrick Maney

Telephone: (617) 552-2399

Office Location: Stokes Hall, Room S391


Curriculum Vitae


PhD, University of Maryland, 1976

Fields of Interest

U.S. history, 1865-present; the Presidency; Congress

Academic Profile

Patrick Maney teaches modern American history with an emphasis on politics and the presidency. He has written biographies of Franklin D. Roosevelt and New Deal Senator Robert La Follette, Jr., one of the most prominent U.S. senators of the 1930s and 1940s until his defeat by Joseph McCarthy.

Professor Maney is currently researching a book on the presidency of Bill Clinton.  A native of Wisconsin, he has served as Dean of BC's College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and as chair of the history departments at the University of South Carolina in Columbia and Tulane University in New Orleans. He has appeared on public television, C-SPAN, and National Public Radio. 

Representative Publications

  • "The Legend of FDR’s First 100 Days in Office,” Boston Globe (and elsewhere), February 18, 2009
  • Young Bob: A Biography of Robert M. La Follette, Jr., 1895- 1953 (1998[1978])
  • The Roosevelt Presence: The Life and Legacy of FDR (1998[1993]).    
  • "FDR: The Illusive Standard," Prologue  (April 1994)
  • "Hale Boggs: The Southerner as National Democrat," in Masters of the House, edited by Raymond Smock, Susan Hammond, and Roger Davidson (1998)
  • “They Sang for Roosevelt: Songs of the People in the Age of FDR,” Journal of American and Comparative Cultures, 23 (Spring 2000)
  • “Joseph’s McCarthy’s First Victim,” Virginia Quarterly Review 77 (Summer 2001)
  • “The Forgotten New Deal Congress, 1933-1945,” in The American Congress: The Building of Democracy, ed. Julian E. Zelizer (2004)