Robert Elder, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History
College of Arts & Sciences, Room 356
Robert Elder joined the history department at Valparaiso University in fall 2014. He first came to Valparaiso as a Lilly Postdoctoral Fellow from 2011 to 2013. A historian of the American South and American religious history, Professor Elder teaches a variety of courses on early American history, including the American Revolution, the Age of Jackson, and the Civil War. He has also taught courses on slavery and the history of race and class in the American South in Christ College, Valparaiso University's honors college. His approach to teaching is pretty simple: read good books, tell good stories, rescue the past from what E.P. Thompson once called the "enormous condescension of posterity," and get students to see their world from a different angle.
Professor Elder's current research
focuses on the cultural and religious history of the American South in the 19th
century. His first book, The Sacred
Mirror: Evangelicalism, Honor, and Identity in the American South, 1790-1860,
will be published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2016 http://uncpress.unc.edu/books/
Professor Elder is married and has three (wonderful) young children. His hobbies used to include fly fishing, but now consist mostly of drinking coffee and thinking about fly fishing.
Ph.D. - Emory University
American South and American Religious History