Fundamentalism and Education in the Scopes Era: God, Darwin, and the Roots of America’s Culture Wars

Palgrave Macmillan, 2010 Among historians, the Scopes Trial of 1925 hogs all the attention.  In my first book, I wondered what else conservative evangelical Protestants wanted out of American education.  The answers I found surprised me.   This book was the result of my dissertation research at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, guided by educational historian … More Fundamentalism and Education in the Scopes Era: God, Darwin, and the Roots of America’s Culture Wars

Teaching Evolution in a Creation Nation

University of Chicago Press, 2016 What do we want out of America’s schoolchildren? . . . out of America’s creationists?  In Teaching Evolution in a Creation Nation, my co-author Harvey Siegel and I tackle these difficult questions head-on. Harvey and I review the historical and philosophical involved in America’s long culture-war battle over evolution and … More Teaching Evolution in a Creation Nation

The Other School Reformers: Conservative Activism in American Education

Harvard University Press, 2015 [UPDATE: More good news!  I just heard that this book has been awarded the History of Education Society’s Outstanding Book Award for 2015.  Wow!  I’m very grateful to HES and to the selection committee.] What have conservatives wanted out of America’s schools? What has it meant to be “conservative” about American … More The Other School Reformers: Conservative Activism in American Education

Fundamentalist U: Keeping the Faith in American Higher Education

Oxford University Press, 2018 [UPDATE: The book is now available! A million thanks to the funders, readers, and archivists who made it possible and pleasant.] If you want to run for President as a Republican these days, there seems to be a new requirement. In addition to shaking hands, kissing babies, and eating barbecue, every … More Fundamentalist U: Keeping the Faith in American Higher Education

We Don’t Disagree about Evolution: Finding New Middle Ground in the Creation Culture Wars

Who are America’s creationists? What do they want? Why do they think Jesus rode around on a dinosaur? In my new book, I argue that common misconceptions about creationism have led us into a full century of hapless and unnecessary culture-war histrionics about evolution education and creationism. In fact, tough as it might be to … More We Don’t Disagree about Evolution: Finding New Middle Ground in the Creation Culture Wars

The SYSTEM: Joseph Lancaster and the Roots of America’s Public Schools, 1800-1840

America has always been terrified of its children. Never more so than in the early decades of the 1800s, when packs of youths roamed the bursting new cities of the new united States. Small wonder, then, that a reformer who promised to round up these youths, to Americanize them, civilize them, and educate them, would … More The SYSTEM: Joseph Lancaster and the Roots of America’s Public Schools, 1800-1840

The Ink Is Dry!

Good news, sports fans: I’ve signed a publishing contract for my upcoming book.  I’m delighted to announce that Fundamentalist U: Keeping the Faith in American Higher Education will be published by Oxford University Press.  It will join other terrific Oxford titles such as Dan Williams’ Defenders of the Unborn and God’s Own Party, as well … More The Ink Is Dry!

Who Knew Creationism Was so Controversial?

It sure didn’t take long! As soon as our recent commentary about creationism and evolution went up at Education Week, there were plenty of people ready to fight about it. If you’re looking for some interesting reading, go ahead and skip the article–since you’ve already read the book–and check out the comments section.  Some commenters … More Who Knew Creationism Was so Controversial?