Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in History at William Paterson University in New Jersey, Dewar MacLeod earned his BA from Eugene Lang College at the New School and his PhD from the City University of New York Graduate Center.
Born in Nova Scotia, MacLeod made the quintessential American immigrant journey as a child, going west with his family in search of the California dream, arriving in the weeks after the Manson Family’s Tate-LaBianca murders. Settling in Los Angeles, as a teen he lived the 1970s Southern California life as a mediocre surfer and skateboarder.
After witnessing the developing L.A. punk scene from afar, MacLeod dove into punk and post-punk as a college student (and then dropout) at Berkeley, participating in the East Bay scene and even living in the notorious New Method Laundry building in Emeryville.
MacLeod moved to New York’s East Village in the early 1980s where he eventually returned to college and grad school. After stints working for non-profit educational organizations and documentary film companies, he arrived at William Paterson University where he now teaches courses in the histories of popular culture, rock ‘n’ roll, childhood and youth, suburbia, and U.S. foreign policy.
A parent of two children ages twelve and nineteen, MacLeod lives in Montclair, NJ.
(photo courtesy John Emerson Photography)