Director, History Department General Education
FIELDS: U.S. Cultural and Intellectual History
BIOGRAPHY: : My research and teaching interests intersect in the history of values. I teach courses about how Americans have made moral and aesthetic choices, offering topics courses on the history of cultural rebellion, alternative spirituality, and road culture, as well as a course on how cultural hierarchies are created. I have a particular weakness for interdisciplinary approaches. My current research unites all of my interests—psychology (consciousness), spirituality, road culture (pilgrimage), environmentalism, landscape, and geography—in a new project tentatively titled "Journeys and Landscapes: A Spiritual Geography of Post-Christian America."
UNDERGRADUATE COURSES TAUGHT:
GRADUATE COURSES TAUGHT:
Myers-Shirk, Susan. Helping the Good Shepherd: Pastoral Counselors in a Psychotherapeutic Culture, 1925-1975. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.
MTSU Outstanding Achievement in Instructional Technology Award, 2007-2008
Visiting Fellow, Spring 1998, Center for the Study of American Religion, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Faculty Fellow, 1997-1998, Pew Program in Religion and American History, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Ph.D., Penn State, 1994