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Faculty Directory » Katherine R. Jewell

Economics, History, and Political Science

Office Hours:

Semester: Spring 2019
Dr. Katherine Jewell is on sabbatical for the spring 2019 semester.

Office Information:

Room Number: Miller Hall, 310
Phone: 978-665-3866

Courses Taught:

American Studies (AMST 1800)
United States History II (HIST 1500)
Historical Methods (HIST 2000)
Honors Seminar (HIST/LEAD 2225)
Postwar America: 1945-Present (HIST 3120)
U.S. Interwar Period (HIST 3700)
Technology and American Society (HIST 4100)
Senior Seminar in History (HIST 4500)
United States II: 1877-Present
U.S. Economic History (HIST 2140)
Introduction to American Studies: The 1980's (AMST 1800/1900)
America Meets the Modern: 1920-1045
Nazism and American Culture
America in the Nuclear Age, 1945-1968 (HIST 3040)
America Since 1968 (HIST 3050)
Media and American Politics
The American Presidency (HIST 2180)
Historical Methods
Honors Seminar in History (HIST 2225)


2010 - Ph.D. Boston University, Department of History
2005 - M.A. Boston University, Department of History
2001 - B.A. Vanderbilt University, Major in History. Major in Anthropology (with Honors)

Research Interests:

  • U.S. Political and Cultural History: 20th century conservatism, southern politics, popular music, media and culture, identity and politics.
  • U.S. Economic History: business history, economic development and policy, the Sunbelt

Representative Publications:

Dollars for Dixie: Business and the Transformation of Conservatism in the Twentieth Century (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017).

"Worlds Collide: The Boston Marathon Bombing, Historical Thinking, and Empathy" in The American Historian, published by the Organization of American Historians, No. 12: May 2017.

"Selling the Right: Republican Rhetoric and the Shaping of Party and Nation," Review Essay in American Studies Journal, Kansas University Press, Vol. 52, Issue 2, 2013.

"Gun Cotton: Southern Industry, International Trade, and the Rise of the Republican Party in the 1950's" in Painting Dixie Red: When, Where, Why, and How the South Became Republican (New Perspectives on the History of the South), ed. Glenn Feldman, University of Florida Press, 2011.

Book reviews published in: The Journal of American History, Enterprise and Society, The Journal of Southern History, Journal of American Ethnic History, History (U.K.), Tennessee Historical Quarterly, The Southern Historian