Professor and Department Chair

Biography

Fields of Study:  U.S. Social and Cultural History

Dr. Goodson’s work focuses primarily on the history of commercial entertainment in the United States. He is the author of Highbrows, Hillbillies, and Hellfire: Public Entertainment in Atlanta, 1880-1930 (Georgia, 2007), and co-editor of The Hank Williams Reader with Patrick Huber and David Anderson (Oxford, 2014).

Education / Degrees

  • B.A., History, Auburn University at Montgomery, 1988
  • M.A., History, Emory University, 1991
  • Ph.D., History, Emory University, 1995
  • Courses Taught
  • Course Sections and Syllabi

    Spring 2018 Sections

    Fall 2017 Sections

    Summer 2017 Sections

    Spring 2017 Sections

    Fall 2016 Sections

    Spring 2016 Sections

    Fall 2015 Sections

    Summer 2015 Sections

    • HIST-6699 (Thesis) Section: 06

    Spring 2015 Sections

  • Publication List

    The Hank Williams Reader, co-editor with Patrick Huber and David Anderson (Oxford, 2014). [View Publication]

    Highbrows, Hillbillies, and Hellfire: Public Entertainment in Atlanta, 1880-1930 (Georgia, 2002). [View Publication]

    “Atlanta and the Movies.” Chapter from my book Highbrows, Hillbillies, and Hellfire: Public Entertainment in Atlanta, 1880-1930 (2002), to be included in Matthew Bernstein and Dana White, eds., Atlanta at the Movies (Georgia, forthcoming).

    “‘Hear Me Talkin’ to You’: Gertrude ‘Ma’ Rainey (1886-1939).” Chapter in Ann Short Chirhart and Kathleen Clark, eds., Georgia Women: Their History, Their Lives, vol. 2 (Georgia, 2014).

    “`Help Your Brother Along the Road’: Hank Williams and the Humane Tradition.” Chapter in Thomas Alan Holmes and Roxanne Harde, eds., Walking the Line: Country Music Lyricists and American Culture (Lexington Books, 2013).

    Co-editor, with Elaine McClarnand, West Georgia's Studies in the Social Sciences issue entitled “The Impact of the Cold War on American Popular Culture (May 1999). Co-authored the issue's introductory essay.

    "This Mighty Influence For Good or For Evil: The Movies in Atlanta, 1895-1915," Atlanta History (Fall 1995/Winter 1996).

    "Hillbilly Humanist: Hank Williams and the Southern White Working Class," Alabama Review (April 1993).