Daniel K. Williams

Department of History

University of West Georgia

Carrollton, GA 30118

770-337-4422

dkw@westga.edu

 

Education

 

Brown University, Providence, RI.

Ph.D., History, 2005. 

Dissertation: “From the Pews to the Polls: The Formation of a Southern Christian

      Right.”

      Advisor: James T. Patterson

M.A., History, 2000.  

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH.

      B.A., History and Classics, 1999.  Graduated summa cum laude.  Phi Beta Kappa.     

 

 

Employment and Visiting Fellowships

 

University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA.

      Associate Professor of History, 2011 to present.

      Assistant Professor of History, 2005-2011.

Princeton University

William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion in Public Life, James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University, 2011-2012.

 

 

Published Books

 

God’s Own Party: The Making of the Christian Right (Oxford University Press, 2010;

      paperback, 2012).

Co-editor (with Laura Jane Gifford), The Right Side of the Sixties: Reexamining

Conservatism’s Decade of Transformation (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming in 2012).

 

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

 

“No Happy Medium: The Role of Americans’ Ambivalent View of Fetal Rights

in Political Conflict over Abortion Legalization,” Journal of Policy History

(forthcoming in 2013).

“Questioning Conservatism’s Ascendancy: A Reexamination of the Rightward Shift in

      Modern American Politics,” Reviews in American History (forthcoming in 2012).

“Sex and the Evangelicals: Gender Issues, the Sexual Revolution, and Abortion in the

1960s,” in American Evangelicals and the 1960s: Revisiting the “Backlash, ed. Axel Schaefer (University of Wisconsin Press, forthcoming).

“The GOP’s Abortion Strategy: Why Pro-Choice Republicans Became Pro-Life in the

      1970s,” Journal of Policy History 23 (2011): 513-539.

 “Voting for God and the GOP: The Role of Evangelical Religion in the Emergence of

the Republican South,” in Painting the South Red: When, Where, Why, and How the

South Became Republican, ed. Glenn A. Feldman (University Press of Florida, 2011).

“Evangelical Economics: Reexamining Christian Political Culture from a Market-Based

      Perspective,” Reviews in American History (Spring 2011).

“Jerry Falwell’s Sunbelt Politics: The Regional Origins of the Moral Majority,” Journal

of Policy History, 22 (2010): 125-147.

 “Reagan’s Religious Right: The Unlikely Alliance between Southern Evangelicals and a

California Conservative,” in Ronald Reagan and the 1980s, ed. Gareth Davies and Cheryl Hudson (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).

 “The Cross and the Elephant: Southern White Evangelicals’ Commitment to the

      Republican Party, 1960-1994,” Proceedings of the South Carolina Historical

      Association, 2005. 

 

 

Magazine, Encyclopedia, and Online Articles

 

“Good Religion: In Defense of Ross Douthat,” Public Discourse, 29 May 2012.

“The Christian Right’s Partisan Commitment,” Historically Speaking, April 2011.

“A Victory for the Christian Right,” PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, 5 November

2010.

“O’Donnell’s Winning Combination,” Politico, 17 September 2010.

Darwin v. God: Why the Tennessee Case that Captivated a Nation Remains

Unresolved,” Sacred History Magazine, November / December 2006.

“Southern Baptists and the Culture War On School Prayer,” Sacred History Magazine,

November / December 2006.

“Fundamentalism,” in The Roaring Twenties, Great Depression, and World War II,

1920-1945, edited by Kimberly Porter, in the Conflicts in American History Series

(Facts on File, forthcoming).

Biographical entries on William Jennings Bryan, Clarence Darrow, and Aimee Semple

McPherson, in The Roaring Twenties, Great Depression, and World War II,

1920-1945, edited by Kimberly Porter, in the Conflicts in American History Series

(Facts on File, forthcoming).

Articles for Encyclopedia of the Culture Wars (M.E. Sharpe, 2010): Bill Clinton;

James Dobson; and Pat Robertson.

Articles for Postwar America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and

Economic History (M.E. Sharpe, 2007): Evangelical Christianity; Christian

Right; Southern Strategy; Christian Coalition; Roe v. Wade; Election of 1964; Election of 1980; Election of 1984; and Election of 1988.

“Fundamentalist Politics and Religious Freedom,” in The Encyclopedia of Religious

      Freedom (Routledge, 2003).


Book Reviews

 

Review of David Edwin Harrell, Jr., Pat Robertson: A Life and Legacy, for Journal of

      American History 98 (2011).

Review of Charles L. Cohen and Paul S. Boyer, ed., Religion and the Culture of Print in

      Modern America, for Evangelical Studies Bulletin 73 (Winter 2009-10).

Review of Joseph E. Lowndes, From the New Deal to the New Right: Race and the

Southern Origins of Modern Conservatism, for Patterns of Prejudice 44 (2010): 393-395.

Review of John G. Turner, Bill Bright and Campus Crusade for Christ: The Renewal of

      Evangelicalism in Postwar America, for Georgia Historical Quarterly 93 (Summer

      2009).

Review of George M. Marsden, Fundamentalism and American Culture, for Fides et

      Historia (Summer / Fall 2006).

Review of Craig S. Pascoe et al., ed., The American South in the Twentieth Century, for

      The Alabama Review 59 (July 2006).

Review of William E. Leuchtenburg, The White House Looks South: Franklin D.

Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Lyndon Johnson, for H-Net (online review), June 2006.

 

 

Conference Papers and Presentations

 

“The Pro-Life Movement’s State Legislative Strategy during the 1970s,” Policy History

Conference, Richmond, VA, June 2012.

“Pro-Lifers of the Left: Progressive Evangelicals’ Campaign against Abortion,” Conference on the New Evangelical Social Action, Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture, IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN, May 2012.

“The Quest for an Ecumenical Theology of Life: Catholic and Evangelical Responses to

the Abortion Issue in the 1960s and 1970s,” 2011 U.S. Intellectual History Conference, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, November 2011.

“When Secularism Became the ‘Culture of Death’: The Role of the Abortion Issue

in the Construction of Catholic and Evangelical Views of Secularization,” Conference on Radical Emancipation: Confronting the Challenge of Secularism, University of Notre Dame, November 2011.

“Sex and the Evangelicals: Gender Issues, the Sexual Revolution, and Abortion in the

1960s.”  2011 David Bruce Centre Colloquium, Keele University, Staffordshire, UK,

April 2011.

“When Rights Are Only Relative: Public Ambivalence about Fetal Rights and Abortion

      before Roe v. Wade.”  Conference on Morality, Politics, and Policy in Historical

      Perspective, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, April 2011.

“Teaching the History of American Religion at a State University in the Bible Belt.” 

      2011 Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Boston, MA, January

      2011.

“From Segregation to ‘Law and Order’: Fundamentalists, Evangelicals, and the Politics

      of Race in 1968.”  Conference on Faith and History, George Fox University,

      Newberg, OR, October 2010.

“God, Dixie, and the GOP: Republican Partisanship among Southern Evangelicals from

      Hoover to Nixon.”  2010 Policy History Conference, Columbus, OH, June 2010.

“Tracing the Culture Wars in the 1960s: Richard Nixon and the Shift in Evangelical

      Politics from Anti-Catholic to Anti-Secular.”  2010 Annual Meeting of the

      Organization of American Historians, Washington, DC, April 2010.

“How did the GOP Become God’s Own Party?  Evangelical Pastors, Republican

Politicians, and the Making of America’s Christian Right.”  American Political History Seminar Series, Boston University, September 2008.

“‘A Protestant Strategy for the Sixties’: The Effect of the 1960 Presidential Election on

Evangelical Political Mobilization.”  2008 Policy History Conference, St. Louis, MO, May 2008.

“Jerry Falwell’s Sunbelt Religion: The Christianity of a Suburban Majority.”  2007

Annual Meeting of the Southern Historical Association, Richmond, VA, November 2007.

“Cold War Christians in the ‘Age of Reagan’: The Christian Right’s View of Foreign

Policy, 1980-1992.”  2007 Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of American Foreign Relations, Chantilly, VA, June 2007.

“The Fundamentalist Sixties: Conservative Evangelicals’ Political Transformation from

1960-1969.”  New World Coming: The Sixties and the Shaping of Global Consciousness Conference, Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, June 2007.

Commentator, “Faith and Economics in the Making of the Modern Right,” Panel at the

      2007 Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians, Minneapolis, MN,

      March 2007.

“Armageddon in Dixie: The Christian Right’s Transformation of Southern Religion and

Politics.”  2007 Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Atlanta, GA, January 2007.

“From Cold Warriors to Christian Crusaders: How the Anticommunism of the 1950s Led

      to the Christian Right of the 1980s.”  Conference in Honor of James T. Patterson,

      University of Cambridge, May 2006.

“The Republican Party and Abortion in the 1970s.”  Meeting of the Washington Society

for the History of Medicine, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD, April 2006.

“The Republican Party and Abortion: The Role of a Religious Issue in a Partisan

Agenda.”  2006 Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians, Washington, DC, April 2006.

“‘The Right to Be Treated as a Woman’: Christian Anti-ERA Activists and Female

Empowerment in the 1970s.”  Boston College Conference on the History of Religion, March 2006.

“Reagan’s Religious Right: The Unlikely Alliance between Southern Evangelicals and a

California Conservative.”  The United States in the 1980s: The Reagan Years Conference, Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford, November 2005.

“Labeling Conservative Protestants: Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism as American

Religious Identities.”  Under Construction: Conference on the Study of Religion, Columbia University, April 2005.

“The Pastors Who Did Not March: Southern White Fundamentalists and the Civil Rights

Movement.”  Race and Place Conference, University of Alabama, March 2004.

“The Cross and the Elephant: Southern White Evangelicals’ Commitment to the

      Republican Party, 1960-1994.”  South Carolina Historical Association, March 2004.  

 

Teaching Experience

 

University of West Georgia (Carrollton, GA)

      Associate Professor, Department of History, 2011 to Present.

      Assistant Professor, Department of History, 2005-2011.

Rhode Island College (Providence, RI).

      Instructor, Adjunct Faculty, Department of History, 2001-2005.

University of Rhode Island, College of Continuing Education (Providence, RI).

      Instructor, Adjunct Faculty, Department of History, 2003-2004.

Brown University (Providence, RI).

      Instructor, Summer Studies, 2005.

      Teaching Assistant, Department of History, 2000-2004.

 

Courses Taught

 

American Diplomacy (undergraduate)

American Religion and Politics (graduate seminar and undergraduate lecture course)

American Religion since 1800 (undergraduate / graduate)

Historiography (graduate seminar)

Liberalism and Conservatism in Modern America (graduate seminar)

Recent America: The United States since 1945 (undergraduate / graduate)

United States History to 1865 (undergraduate)

United States History since 1865 (undergraduate)

US Politics since 1900 (undergraduate / graduate)

 

Awards

 

Ellis Hawley Prize for “Jerry Falwell’s Sunbelt Politics,” awarded by the Institute for

Political History and the Journal of Policy History, 2012.

2011 Phi Alpha Theta Best First Book Award, for God’s Own Party: The Making of the

Christian Right.

University of West Georgia College of Arts & Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award,

      2009.

J. David Griffin Award for Superior Teaching, History Department, University of West

Georgia, 2009.

University of West Georgia Learning Resources Committee Faculty Research Grant,

      2007-2008, and 2011-2012.

Dissertation Fellowship, Brown University, 2004-2005.

Gerald R. Ford Foundation Research Grant, 2002.

Lynn E. May, Jr., Study Grant, Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives, 2002.


Service

 

Director of two M.A. theses, University of West Georgia, 2009-2010.

Chair, General Education Committee, University of West Georgia, 2010-2011.

Ancient History Search Committee, History Department, University of West Georgia,

      2009-2010.

Graduate Studies Committee, History Department, University of West Georgia, 2007-

      2010.

National History Day Judge for Georgia National History Day Competition, 2006-2011.

External reviewer for Bedford St. Martin’s, Blackwell, Cambridge University Press,

      Oxford University Press, Routledge, Rowman & Littlefield, University Press of

      Florida, Annual Review of Political and Military Sociology, Journal of American

History, Journal of Policy History, Religion and American Culture, and Social Identities.