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Karl Kuehner

Graduate Student

Contact

Building & Room:

UH 1014

Address:

601 S Morgan St.

Office Hours - Spring Semester
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday 11:00am – 12:00pm
Thursday
Friday 12:00pm – 01:00pm
Saturday

About

I am a product of Chicagoland – I grew up in Blue Island (south suburbs), earned a BA in history and education from Concordia University Chicago, and an MA in history from the University of Chicago. For the past ten years, I’ve taught history at the middle and high school levels in and around Chicago. In August I entered the Ph.D. program in history at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I currently live in the west of the city in Berkeley with my wife and our three rambunctious boys.

Notable Honors

2018, History Doctoral Award, University of Illinois at Chicago

2013-2017, MAPSS Sscholarship, University of Chicago

2005, Inducted into Phi Alpha Theta, Concordia University Chicago

2002-2007, Presidential Scholarship, Concordia University Chicago

Education

Concordia University Chicago: B.A. – Secondary Education, History (2007)

The University of Chicago: M.A. – History (2017)

Courses Taught:

As Adjunct Professor:

HIST 150: “History of the American People”

ENG 110: “English Composition”

As Teaching Assistant:

HIST 246: “History of American Capitalism”

HIST 104: “Modern America: From Industrialization to Globalization”

HIST 105: “Global Transformations and the Rise of the West Since 1000”

Selected Presentations

“’Aunt Tom’: Phyllis Schlafly and the Case Against the ERA” Paper presented at Loyola University History Graduate Student Association Conference, November, 2018.

 

“Modern Warriors: Jerry Falwell, The New Christian Right, and the Experience of Modernity” Paper presented at the Religions in American Workshop, University of Chicago Divinity School, September 2017

Research Currently in Progress

My research revolves around a central conceptual problem: how to articulate religion’s evolving relationship with and within modernity in twentieth-century America. This theme has led me down two particular paths of historical and theoretical inquiry. The first is the emergence of the New Christian Right as a potent force in American politics during the 1970s. My work explores how members of the NCR and their allies lived, as Marshall Berman puts it,  “the experience of modernity,” grappled with the broader secularizing currents in American culture, and how they built organizations and rhetorics to resist those transformations. Through this process, the NCR reshaped the landscape of American conservatism and American religion. My other area of academic interest is the relationship between capitalism and Christianity during the Great Depression. In particular, my work seeks to understand how the most significant crisis in the history of modern capitalism shaped Christians attitudes and actions with regard to the economic order that not only structures nearly every aspect of life but also raises distinct moral and spiritual questions. My dissertation will focus on Chicago as a case study for how religious Americans experienced and made sense of economic collapse.

Exam Fields:

Colonial and Modern United States (major)

Religion in North America (minor)

Europe Since 1789 (minor)