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.
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.