John Hayes

PhD, University of Georgia; MTS, Duke Divinity School; BA, Wake Forest University

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Dr. Hayes studies religion in the late 19th/20th century U.S. South. He seeks to uncover lesser-known religious phenomena through creative approaches--the writings of Flannery O'Connor, the music of Johnny Cash--and he is especially interested in the interrelation of religion with economic change and class identity. His current book project, Hard, Hard Religion: The Other World of the Poor South, weaves together folklore, music, oral history, photography, and material culture to reconstruct the history of folk Christians in the New South era.

Courses Taught:

  • HIST 2111: United States to 1877
  • HIST 2112: United States since 1877
  • HIST 3471: American Religious History
  • HIST 3711: Georgia History
  • HIST 4471: The Old South
  • HIST 4481: The New South                  

Select Publications:

  • “Big River: Johnny Cash and the Currents of History” in Pasquier, ed., Gods of the Mississippi (Indiana University, 2013)                       
  • “The Evangelical Ethos and the Spirit of Capitalism” in Perspectives in Religious Studies 39:3 (Fall 2012)                       
  • “The Christ-Haunted South: Contextualizing Flannery O’Connor” in May, ed., Critical Insights: Flannery O’Connor (Salem, 2011)                       
  • “Hard, Hard Religion: The Invisible Institution of the New South” in Journal of Southern Religion 10 (2007)