Email: jrey at mtsu.edu
Twentieth-Century United States
American Popular Culture
COURSES TAUGHT AT MTSU:
HIST 2010 Survey of United States History I (Online)
HIST 2020 Survey of United States History II (Online)
COURSES TAUGHT BEFORE JOINING MTSU:
World Civilization II
Contemporary American History, 1945-2001
The Emergence of China in the Modern World
1968 The Year that Shock the World
The Intellectual Roots of Revolution and War in the Twentieth Century
Origins of Modern America, 1877-1920
My research interests concentrate on common subjects, regularly ignored by most scholars. I intend to understand the mechanics of popular culture during the Cold War and thereby reveal the nature of intellectual freedom. Freedom of expression has served as a weapon in the arsenal of a United States intelligentsia advocating a "cooperation of power" internationally. U.S. ideological victory in the Cold War was a consequence of its institutions having sufficient elasticity to allow radical anti-American ideas to orbit it. The heart of this open-mindedness was popular culture. It drew enemies voluntarily under the surveillance of American authority.
"A Civil War of Ideas: Ayn Rand, Intellectual Freedom, and the Regulation of Thought in the United States and Soviet Union, 1905-1943"
WORKS IN PROGRESS:
"Thesis and Anti-Thesis Acceleration: Social Justice and the Fabric of Intellectual Freedom, 1914-1924."
Ph.D. Florida International University, 2010
M.A. Florida International University, 2004