John Hayes

Associate Professor

John Hayes

Associate Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Department of History, Anthropology and Philosophy

Bio

John Hayes is a historian of the late 19th-20th century US South, with a focus on religion and class. He teaches survey classes in US History and upper-level classes in Southern history, 19th and 20th century US History, and American religion. He is the author, most recently, of Hard, Hard Religion: Interracial Faith in the Poor South (UNC, 2017) and "Deconstructing the Bible Belt" in Coffey and Skipper, eds., Navigating Souths (UGA, 2017). A native of Atlanta, he has been on the faculty since 2011.

  • (706) 729-2287
  • AH E209

Education

  • Ph.D., History, General University of Georgia, 2007

  • MTS, Theology/Theological Studies. Duke University, 2000

  • BA, Philosophy and Religious Studi Wake Forest University, 1995

Awards & Honors

  • NEH Summer Stipend National Endowment for the Humanities, 2015

  • Cree-Walker Summer Stipend Augusta State University, 2012

  • Young Scholars in American Religion, 2010-2012 Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture, 2010

  • Outstanding Performance and Inspiration in the Classroom Wake Forest Student Government, 2009

  • Sam Hill Award Journal of Southern Religion, 2008

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • HIST 3471

    American Religious History
  • HIST 2111

    United States to 1877
  • HIST 3711

    Georgia History
  • HIST 4950

    Selected Topics: Southern Politics
  • HIST 2112

    United States since 1877

Teaching Interests

Southern history, American religion, 19th and 20th century US history

Scholarship

Selected Recent Publications

  • Hard, Hard Religion: Interracial Faith in the Poor South , 2017
    Book, Scholarly-New
  • Deconstructing the Bible Belt, 2017
    Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
  • Louis Venters, No Jim Crow Church: The Origins of South Carolina's Baha'I Community, 2017
    Book Review
  • Pleading with Death: Folk Visions of Death (and Life) in the New South, 2015
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Big River: Johnny Cash and the Currents of History, 2013
    Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New

Research Interests

US South, religion and class, religion and race

Department Service

  • Curriculum 2016 - Present

    Role: Committee Chair
  • History Student Association 2016 - Present

    Role: Faculty Advisor
  • Curriculum 2015 - 2016

    Role: Committee Member
  • Student Awards 2015 - 2016

    Role: Committee Chair
  • Search Committee for African-American History position 2015 - 2016

    Role: Committee Member

College Service

  • Faculty Council 2016 - 2019

    Role: Committee Chair

University Service

  • Black History Month 2015 - Present

    Role: Committee Member

Professional Service

  • American Historical Association - 2015

    Role: Member
  • CASH: The Documentary - 2015

    Role: Other
  • Organization of American Historians - 2015

    Role: Member
  • Phi Kappa Phi - 2015

    Role: Member
  • Southern Historical Association - 2015

    Role: Member

Public Service

  • invited talk at Greenbrier High School 2016 - 2016

    Role: Guest Speaker
  • invited talk at St. John Methodist Church 2016 - 2016

    Role: Guest Speaker
  • interviewed for Augusta Chronicle 2016 - 2016

    Role: Discussant
  • interviewed for Deseret News National 2016 - 2016

    Role: Discussant
  • interviewed for Speaking With...Carl Thornton, Jr (radio show) 2015 - 2015

    Role: Discussant