Will Mackintosh

Will B. Mackintosh
Associate Professor
Office: Monroe 216
Phone: 540.654.1474
Email:  wmackint@umw.edu
Web: www.willmackintosh.org

Will B. Mackintosh is a cultural and social historian of the 19th century United States, with particular interests in the history of leisure, the history of crime, and the cultural history of capitalism. He is author of Selling the Sights: The Invention of the Tourist in American Culture (NYU Press 2019) and editor of The Panorama, Extensive Views from The Journal of the Early Republic..  He is currently working on a new project dealing with the Loomis Gang, a group of horse thieves in nineteenth-century New York.  He offers courses on early American history, the American Revolution and Early Republic, gender history, urban history, the history of the book, and the history of capitalism.  He holds graduate degrees from the University of Michigan and an undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College.


  • Ph.D., History, 2009. University of Michigan.
  • M.A., History, 2004. University of Michigan.
  • B.A., History, 2000. Swarthmore College.


History 131: United States History to 1865
History 202 HN: First-Year Seminar in American History: Good, Bad, and Ugly American Tourists (Honors)
History 297: History Colloquium
History 298: History Practicum
History 310: United States Urban History
History 318: American Revolution
History 319: Early American Republic
History 326: History of Manhood in America
History 440: History of the Book
History 471E9: Cultural History of Capitalism in the US


Selected Publications

Selling the Sights: The Invention of the Tourist in American Culture.  New York: New York University Press, 2019.

“The Prehistory of the American Tourist Guidebook.” Book History 21 (2018): 89-124.

“The Loomis Gang’s Market Revolution.” In Capitalism by Gaslight: Illuminating the Economy of Nineteenth-Century America, edited by Wendy A. Woloson and Brian P. Luskey.  Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015.

“Mechanical Aesthetics: Picturesque Tourism and the Transportation Revolution in Pennsylvania,” Pennsylvania History 81 (Winter 2014): 87-105.

“‘Ticketed Through:’ The Commodification of Travel in the Nineteenth Century,” The Journal of the Early Republic, V. 32, N. 1 (Spring 2012), pp. 61-89.

For further information, see willmackintosh.org