Faculty

Dr. Andrew R. Polk

Assistant Professor | History Day Coordinator

Dr. Andrew R. Polk
615-904-8097
Room 260, Peck Hall (PH)
MTSU Box 23, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., Florida State University, FL (2013)
  • M.A., Yale University, CT (2009)
  • M.A., Lipscomb University, TN (2007)
  • B.A., Lipscomb University, TN (2003)

Areas of Expertise

History Pedagogy
American Religious History
Religion and Politics
Islamic Political Thought

Biography

As a former high school teacher, I greatly value the job that secondary teachers do in educating and shaping young minds, and part of my job is both to prepare young teachers for the classroom and be a resource for seasoned teachers in the field. I also help coordinate the teacher education program and its accreditation for the College of Liberal Arts and MTSU.  My own research centers on the intersection of religion and politics, with an emphasis on the ways that groups and nations crea...

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As a former high school teacher, I greatly value the job that secondary teachers do in educating and shaping young minds, and part of my job is both to prepare young teachers for the classroom and be a resource for seasoned teachers in the field. I also help coordinate the teacher education program and its accreditation for the College of Liberal Arts and MTSU.  My own research centers on the intersection of religion and politics, with an emphasis on the ways that groups and nations create, reinforce, and defend the identities they have created and/or adopted.  Most of my reserach is in twentieth-century America and the ways that religion is categorized and employed by various individuals and groups.

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Awards

Selected Awards

Dissertation Research Grant, Florida State University (2011-2012)

Hooker-Dwight Fellowship, Yale University (2008-2009)

Outstanding Future Scholar Award, Stone-Campbell Journal (2007)

Research/Scholarly Activity

Selected Publications

“Faith Battling Fear: U.S. Military Chaplains and the Regulation of Fear during World War II." Journal of Academic Perspectives (Dec, 2016)

“’Unnecessary and Artificial Divisions:’ Franklin Roosevelt’s Quest for Religious and National Unity Leading Up to the Second World War.” Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture 82:3 (Sept, 2013)

“W.D. Mohammed”...

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Selected Publications

“Faith Battling Fear: U.S. Military Chaplains and the Regulation of Fear during World War II." Journal of Academic Perspectives (Dec, 2016)

“’Unnecessary and Artificial Divisions:’ Franklin Roosevelt’s Quest for Religious and National Unity Leading Up to the Second World War.” Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture 82:3 (Sept, 2013)

“W.D. Mohammed” in Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought Ed. Gerhard Böwering, et al., (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2013).

“Mormon Doctrine and Covenants” in Milestone Documents of World Religions, ed. David M. Fahey, (Dallas: Schlager Group, 2010).

Works in Progress Book Project: Faith in Freedom: Religious Propaganda, and Presidential Politics in Mid-Twentieth Century America, currently under review

Book Project: God’s Own Redneck: The Life and Times of Will D. Campbell

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Courses

HIST 2010: Survey of United States History I

HIST 2020: Survey of United States History II

HIST 3011: Teaching Historical Thinking

HIST 3020: Topics: U.S. Religion and Politics

HIST 4650: Religious Experience in America

HIST 4840: World War II

HIST 6104/7104: Topics in U.S. History: Readings in American Religious History

HIST 6103/7103: Readings in Modern America

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Mailing Address
Department of History
Middle Tennessee State University
Box 23
1301 E. Main Street 
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Main Office
Peck Hall 223

Department Chair
Kevin Leonard

Undergraduate Program
(615) 898-2631

Graduate Program
(615) 898-5798

All Other Inquiries
(615) 898-2631