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A native of Los Angeles, Professor Schultz teaches twentieth-century American history with special interests in religion, ethno-racial history, and American intellectual and cultural life. He has published widely, given numerous invited presentations, and has excelled as a public intellectual, academic, and teacher. He is currently president of the Society for U.S. Intellectual History.
His first academic book, Tri-Faith America: How Postwar Catholics and Jews Held America to its Protestant Promise (Oxford University Press, 2011--now in paperback), charted the decline of the idea that the United States was a “Christian nation” and the subsequent rise of the notion that the country was premised on a tri-faith idea that came to be called “Judeo-Christianity.” The book showed how acceptance of America's "Judeo-Christian" premise changed the country, in places like public education, collegiate fraternities, suburbs, and the census, all during what were the supposedly conformist 1950s.
His interests have since moved to the 1960s, and Professor Schultz's most recent book examines the fascinatingly intertwined lives of right-wing firebrand William F. Buckley, Jr. and left-wing radical Norman Mailer as a way to better understand that pivotal decade. Buckley and Mailer: The Difficult Friendship That Shaped The 1960s (W.W. Norton & Co.) came out in June 2015, was an Amazon.com #1 New Release in US History, and was reviewed widely, including in The New Yorker, Esquire, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, the New York Review of Books Blog, the Times of London, National Review, and more.
Meanwhile, Professor Schultz has had essays appear in the profession's flagship journals, including the Journal of American History, American Quarterly, The Journal of the American Academy of Religion, and Labor History, as well as other distinguished outlets, both popular and academic. Some of his articles have even won awards.
A distinguished teacher, Professor Schultz has won several major awards for his teaching, including, most recently, both the 2012-13 Teaching Recognition Award from the Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at UIC and the 2012-13 Shirley A. Bill Award for Excellent Teaching, an award selected by UIC History faculty, graduate students, and majors. Professor Schultz is also the author of HIST, a popular college-level textbook, now in its third edition (Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, 3rd ed. 2013). He has appeared on the NPR show "Backstory: With the American History Guys" not once, but twice, and has made numerous appearances on CSPAN and MSNBC.
“The Blessings of American Pluralism,” in Darren Dochuk and Matthew A. Sutton, ed., Faith in the Age of Obama (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2015). Presentations from this forthcoming book aired on C-SPAN, Dec. 25, 2014.
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