Robert McNamara

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Robert McNamara. ​

History Expert


  • First-ever history editor for
  • Former magazine writer and fact checker for major publications including Rolling Stone, New York, and the Chicago Tribune


Robert McNamara is a history writer and former magazine journalist. He has served as a staff member at Rolling Stone and a freelance writer and fact checker for major magazines including New York, Esquire, Spy, and the magazine sections of the Chicago Tribune and New York Daily News.

Robert served as the first nonfiction editor and the first history editor for In that role, Robert wrote articles about books and authors, interviewed historians, and published reviews.

Robert has covered history for ThoughtCo (formerly About Education) since 2007. 


Robert studied history and journalism at New York University.

ThoughtCo and Dotdash

ThoughtCo is a premier reference site focusing on expert-created education content. We are one of the top-10 information sites in the world as rated by comScore, a leading Internet measurement company. Every month, more than 13 million readers seek answers to their questions on ThoughtCo.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population monthly. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone, and recently Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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