As for where I'll be, I have no idea right now. I'll either land a history professor job or a postdoc somewhere, or else I'll embark on the mysterious "alt-ac" career path. Either way, I'd do the past 4.5 years all over again. Working towards a PhD has been incredibly difficult, to be sure, but it has also been incredibly rewarding. Shoutout to the excellent Baylor history department—professors, administrators, graduate student colleagues—for making the lonely road to the PhD a little less lonely for me and my family.
But enough with the reflections. There will be time enough for that when I, you know, actually finish and defend my dissertation. On to the writing recap!
THE ALBATROSS AROUND MY NECK
That would be my dissertation. Right now it's titled "God, Country, and Big-Time Sports: The Creation of 'Sportianity' and the Transformation of American Protestantism, 1920-1980." I started writing the thing in April and have since completed five chapters totaling 293 pages. I've got one more chapter to finish up before I send it off to my dissertation committee (and then binge watch Netflix for a week).
- "John Wooden’s Homespun Creed Was Not So Homespun" - Slate
- "Finally, Jackie Robinson’s Faith Is Getting the Attention It Deserves" - Christianity Today
- "God and the Gridiron Game" - Christianity Today
- "The Role of Sports Ministries in the NFL Protests" - Religion & Politics