It's time for my annual year-end list of favorite albums. I'm no music critic, so my criteria for which albums make the cut follows the Lemon test: I know what I like when I hear it. Normally I'd write a little blurb for each of these twelve albums, explaining why it's a favorite. Unfortunately, I'll have to set aside that little extra flourish this year due to time constraints.
Most of my writing this year was devoted to research papers for PhD coursework. My topics were as varied as the courses in which I was enrolled: I wrote papers about William Gladstone's perceptions of America, depictions of atheism in the early American republic, and Mary Mills Patrick's college for girls in Istanbul and its connections with early twentieth-century liberal American Protestantism and Turkish nationalism.
Conference Papers/Academic Articles
1) “‘Endless miseries, ruined lives, and social disaster’: Marrying Parsons and Sexual Revolution in the Progressive Era.” - presented at the Religion and Sexual Revolutions Conference at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics.
2) “‘First Pick the Mote From Thine Own Eye’: The Christian Rhetoric of Racial Equality in the African American Press of the Great Plains, 1890-1900.” - presented at the Missouri Valley History Conference and the Conference on Faith and History.
-I am working on submitting both of the pieces above to academic journals sometime in 2015.
3) “Christian Historians and Social Media” - presented as part of a roundtable discussion at the Conference on Faith and History. You can read the full text of my comments here.
4) "From the Pulpit to the Press: Frank Crane's Omaha, 1892-1896." I recently submitted this article to a history journal, and should have a response back from them sometime in January. Hopefully, I will be able to list this as a published piece when I do a 2015 roundup of my written work.
5) Co-author with Jordan R. Bass and Mark Vermillion, “‘Going Viral’: The Impact of Forced Crowdsourcing on Coaching Evaluation Procedures,” International Sport Coaching Journal 1.2 (2014): 103-108. Mostly I did some background historical research on college coaching scandals, while Bass and Vermillion did the heavy lifting in putting the piece together and connecting the information I collected within a theoretical framework. Most Popular Blog Posts (1000+ hits)
At both this blog and the Religion in American History blog I can track the page views that my pieces receive. I had three blog posts* this year that managed to get a four-digit hit count:
*I also had two book preview lists posted at the Religion in American History blog that garnered well over 1000 views. Those two posts were easily my two most-read blog posts this year, but since they didn't really require much in the way of writing, I list them separately here. You can access my first preview list here, and my second preview list here.