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

  • PHD, Florida State University (2013)
  • MA, Yale University (2009)
  • MA, Lipscomb University (2007)
  • BA, Lipscomb University (2003)

Areas of Expertise

History Pedagogy
American Religious History
Religion and Politics
Islamic Political Thought

Biography

Andrew R. Polk has a BA in History from Lipscomb University, an MA in Biblical Studies from Hazelip School of Theology, an MAR in American Religious History from Yale University, and a PhD in Religious Studies from Florida State University.  He started his career as an Assistant Professor of History and Director of Social Studies Education at Arkansas State University in 2013, but came to MTSU a year later.  A former high school teacher, he directs the history and social studies edu...

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Andrew R. Polk has a BA in History from Lipscomb University, an MA in Biblical Studies from Hazelip School of Theology, an MAR in American Religious History from Yale University, and a PhD in Religious Studies from Florida State University.  He started his career as an Assistant Professor of History and Director of Social Studies Education at Arkansas State University in 2013, but came to MTSU a year later.  A former high school teacher, he directs the history and social studies education initiatives for the Department of History and College of Liberal Arts.  He also works alongside the College of Education on several state initiatives and CAEP licensing standards and is the director of the Middle Tennessee History Day competition, which brings over three hundred middle and high school students to MTSU every year.  Polk teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on American religious history, history pedagogy, and twentieth-century America.  He teaches using the “History Labs” model, which emphasizes primary source analysis, group projects, and investigations over traditional lectures.  He has won both the Faculty Teaching Award from the College of Liberal Arts and the MTSU Outstanding Teaching Award.  He is a scholar of American religious history who has published articles and essays in numerous academic journals, including Church History and Presidential Studies Quarterly, among others.  His first book on the religious propaganda campaigns of presidents Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and Dwight Eisenhower is under contract with Cornell University Press, and he is currently hard at work on his second book, a biography of the civil rights worker, author, and rogue preacher Will D. Campbell.

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Awards

Selected Awards

Outstanding Teaching Award, MTSU (2019)

Faculty Teaching Award, College of Liberal Arts, MTSU (2019)

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

"A Market-based Argument for Liberal Arts Degrees." Forum for Values in Higher Education, 2019:4 (July 2019)

“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 ...

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Selected Publications

"A Market-based Argument for Liberal Arts Degrees." Forum for Values in Higher Education, 2019:4 (July 2019)

“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 Princeton 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 contract with Cornell University Press

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

HIST 6105/7105: Research in Modern America: American Religious History