Steven P. Miller, Ph.D., Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., 2006, History, Vanderbilt University

·         Major Examination Field: United States (colonial to modern)

·         Concentration: U. S. South

·         Minor: Religion

·         Committee members: Don H. Doyle, Dennis C. Dickerson, Marjorie Spruill, Kathleen Flake, and Devin Fergus

·         GPA: 4.0

MA, 2002, History, Vanderbilt University

·         GPA: 4.0

BA, 1999, Goshen (IN) College

·         History and English double major

·         GPA: 3.91

Book, Billy Graham and the Rise of the Republican South (April 2009)

·         University of Pennsylvania Press, Politics and Culture in Modern America

·         Nominated for 2009 Merle Curti Award (Organization of American Historians)

·         Favorable full reviews in New York Times Book Review, Christian Century, Raleigh News & Observer, and other publications; selected as 2009 “Notable Recent Book” by Christian Century (forthcoming)


Current Book Project

·         The Age of the Evangelicals: America’s Born-again Years, 1970-2008


Peer-reviewed Articles and Chapters

·         “Evangelicals, Race, and the Evolving American Consensus” (in progress, for New Perspectives on American Evangelicalism and the 1960s: Revisiting the “Backlash” Argument, ed.  Axel R. Schaefer.  Proposal under consideration by University of Wisconsin Press)

·         “Whither Southern Liberalism in the Post-Civil Rights Era?  The Southern Regional Council and Its Peers, 1965-1972.”  Georgia Historical Quarterly 90.4 (Winter 2006): 547-568

·         “Billy Graham, Civil Rights, and the Changing Postwar South.”  In Politics and Religion in the White South, ed., 157-186.  Glenn Feldman.  Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2005

·         “From Politics to Reconciliation: Katallagete, Biblicism, and Southern Liberalism.”  The Journal of Southern Religion VII (2004). <>


Recent Teaching History

·         Fall 2006-Summer 2009, taught at Washington University in St. Louis, Webster University, and Lindenwood University

·         Spring-May 2008, Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Goshen (IN) College

·         Summer 2006: Lecturer, Vanderbilt University


Courses Taught (since Spring 2005, including scheduled for 2009-2010)

·         History of the American South (3, number of times taught)

·         The Conservative Movement in America (3)

·         History of the Civil Rights Movement (2)

·         Religion and the Civil Rights Movement

·         Religion in American History

·         Social History: The Working Class in America

·         The Age of Extremes: A Global History of the Twentieth Century (2)

·         The World System Since 1500 (3)

·         U.S. History, 1877-1945

·         U.S. History, 1945-present

·         Twentieth-Century United States (2)

·         Nineteenth-Century United States (7)

·         American History, to 1865/1877 (3)

·         American History, 1865/1877 to Present (4)


Student evaluation ratings (full copies available upon request)

For courses at Webster University Fall 2006-Summer 2009 (in chronological order):

·         Overall effectiveness of instructor: 1.1, 1.17, 1.75, 2.67, 1.13, 1.53, 1.86, 1.44, 2.17, 2.83, 1.82, 1.42, 1.08, 1.40, 1.22 (1=”Highest rating” out of 5)

·         Overall quality of course: 1.3, 1.33, 1.13, 2, 1.25, 1.80, 1.71, 1.78, 2.33, 2.95, 2, 1.67, 1.50, 1.40, 1.40 (1=“Highest rating” out of 5)


For courses at Washington University, Fall 2007-Summer 2009 (in chronological order):

·         Overall instructor rating: 5.0, 5.0, 4.83 (5=highest rating), 6.67 (7=highest rating)

·         Overall course rating: 5.0, 5.0, 5.0 (5=highest rating), 6.67 (7=highest rating)


Research and Teaching Interests

·         U.S. Political Culture (Twentieth Century)

·         U.S. South

·         U.S. Religion

·         Modern Conservatism, New Right

·         Modern Liberalism, New Left

·         History of American Philanthropy


Book and Peer Reviews

·         Jennifer Burns, Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right, in St. Louis Post-Dispatch (1 November 2009)

·         John G. Turner, Bill Bright & Campus Crusade for Christ: The Renewal of Evangelicalism in Postwar America, in The Journal of Southern History (August 2009)

·         Bethany Moreton, To Serve God and Wal-Mart: The Making of Christian Free Enterprise, in St. Louis Post-Dispatch (7 June 2009)

·         Walter H. Conser, Jr., and Rodger M. Payne, eds., Southern Crossroads: Perspectives on Religion and Culture, in The Journal of American History (December 2008)

·         Textbook reviewer for Paul Boyer, et al, The Enduring Vision: A History of the American People, 6th ed. (Spring 2008)

·         Royden Loewen, Diaspora in the Countryside: Two Mennonite Communities and Mid-Twentieth Century Rural Disjuncture, in The Mennonite Quarterly Review (January 2008)

·         Blind reader, Journal of American History article manuscript (April 2007)

·         Henry Goldschmidt and Elizabeth McAlister, eds., Race, Nation, and Religion in the

Americas, in Religious Studies Review (July/October 2005)

·         Elna C. Green, ed., The New Deal and Beyond: Social Welfare in the South since 1930, in H-Net, H-South discussion group (April 2005)

·         Mark Fillingim, Redneck Liberation: Country Music as Theology, in The Journal of Southern Religion (Fall 2004)


Major Conference Presentations

·         American Society of Church History, January 2010 (scheduled), “Placing Graham in American History,” part of panel discussion on “Billy Graham’s Significance in American Religious History”

·         Policy History Conference, May 2008, “Dilemmas of the Neo-evangelical Project: Billy Graham, Richard Nixon, and the 1960 Election”

·         Organization of American Historians, March 2008, “Philanthropy, Evangelicalism, and Anti-Liberalism in the Post-WWII United States”

·         Southern Historical Association, November 2007, “The Contested Political Implications of Seventies Sunbelt Evangelicalism

·         Organization of American Historians, April 2006, “Billy Graham’s Southern Strategy: Region, Religion, Race, and Nixon, 1968-1972”

·         American Historical Association, January 2006, “‘There’s a little bit of Watergate in all of us’: Billy Graham and the Evangelical Political Style.”  For panel organized by self, titled “The Use of Universals in the Creation of Modern Conservatism”

·         Organization of American Historians, Southern Regional Conference, July 2004, “Whither Southern Liberalism in the Post-Civil Rights Era?”

·         Southern Historical Association, November 2003, “Billy Graham and the Changing Postwar South”

·         American Academy of Religion, Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion, March 2003, “Dilemmas of Post-American Faith: The Young Evangelicals, American Political Culture, and Evangelical Social Activism”


Public History and Other Publications

·         “Blue, Green, and Evangelical,” review of Peter Goodwin Heltzel’s Jesus and Justice for Religion in American History weblog, 19 August 2009,

·         “Billy Graham, Nixon, and Jews as God’s Time Piece,” extended post on Religion in American History weblog, 26 June 2009,

·         “Evangelicalism—the End of an Era?” History News Network, 18 May 2009,

·         “Above Politics?  Graham After Watergate,” chapter in The Legacy of Billy Graham: Critical Reflections on America’s Greatest Evangelist, ed., 179-194.  Michael G. Long.  Westminster John Knox Press, 2008

·         “‘Another kind of march’: Billy Graham in Civil Rights-Era Alabama,” Alabama Heritage, Winter 2007, 41-48

·         “Billy Graham—Have Journalists Given Us an Accurate Picture?” History News Network, 12 June 2006,  /articles/25521.html

·         Entries (500-1,500 words) for Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice (Sage Publications, 2007): “Anti-busing Movement,” “Popular Front,” “Gitlin, Todd,” “Ethical Culture Movement”


Media Appearances

·         Live interview for public radio show The State of Things (WUNC), 23 July 2009

·         Live interview for public radio show Charlotte Talks (WFAE), 16 July 2009

·         Taped podcast interview for Intrepid Liberal Journal, 7 June 2009; posted or cross-listed on Daily Kos, Crooks and Liars, and                MYDD, among other weblogs

·         Taped interview for radio show Law Business Insider (ABC Radio), 14 May 2009

·         Taped interview for radio show Political Séance 101 (WRHU), 7 May 2009

·         Live interview for Michelangelo Signorile Show (Sirius Radio), 5 May 2009

·         Live radio panel discussion on McCarthyism (WGCS), 7 April 2008


Fellowships and Awards

·         Leland Sage and J. León Helguera Dissertation Fellowship, Vanderbilt (2005-2006)

·         College of Arts and Science Summer Research Award, Vanderbilt (2005)

·         Summer Research Fellow, Center for the Study of Religion & Culture, Vanderbilt (2004)

·         University Graduate Fellowship, Vanderbilt (2001-2005)

·         Herbert and Blanche Henry Weaver Fellowship in History, Vanderbilt (2003)

·         William Campbell Binkley Education Fund (research grant), Vanderbilt (2002, 2004)

·         President’s Leadership Award, Goshen College (1995-1999)

·         Willard and Verna Smith Scholarship in United States History, Goshen College (1997)


Professional Affiliations

·         American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians,

Southern Historical Association, American Society of Church History


Professional Development, Research and Administrative Experience

·         Chair, panel for Goshen College Student Research Symposium (15 March 2008)

·         Graduate seminar course, The Art of Teaching History (Fall 2003)

·         Administrative Assistant for National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, “Faulkner and Southern History”      (September 2002-July 2003)