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Bethany Moreton

History of capitalism, transnational history, 20th century U.S.; religion

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Yale University, 2006

Office: 326 LeConte
Office Hours: R, 6:30-8:30 pm

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Bethany Moreton is the author of To Serve God and Wal-Mart: The Making of Christian Free Enterprise (Harvard University Press, 2009), which won the 2010 Frederick Jackson Tuner Prize for Best First Book in American History from the Organization of American Historians and the 2010 John Hope Franklin Award for the Best Book in American Studies from the American Studies Association. A Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, she was named the 2009 Emerging Scholar by the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan and has been a visiting scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Harvard Divinity School. She has published multiple articles and chapters on the intersections between religion and economics and is a series editor for the Columbia University Press's Studies in the History of U.S. Capitalism.

Research and Teaching Interests

[Cultural & Intellectual]
[U.S. 19th & 20th Century]
[U.S. South]

Honors and Awards

Frederick Jackson Turner Prize, Organization of American Historians, Best First Book in American History (2010)

Fellowship in Women's Studies in Religion, Harvard Divinity School (2010)

Top Young Historian, History News Network (2010)

John Hope Franklin Prize, American Studies Association, Best book in American Studies published in 2009 (2010)

Emerging Scholar's Prize, Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan (2009)

Emerging Scholar Prize, University of Michigan Humanities Center (2009)

C. Vann Woodward Prize for Best Dissertation, Southern Historical Association (2007)

Theron Rockwell Field Prize, Yale University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, for poetic, literary, or religious scholarship (2007)

Herman E. Krooss Prize, Business History Conference, for best dissertation in business history (2007)

Kochan-Sleigh Best Dissertation Award, Labor and Employment Relations Association (2007)

Best Dissertation in the Humanities and Fine Arts, Yale University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (2007)

Courses Taught

HIST4000: Studies in American History [Syllabus]

HIST4035: Race, Gender, and Empire

HIST4080: Politics of Gender in United States History

MA Theses Supervised

Ariail, Catherine, "The Women's Distance Running Industry and the Paradox of Women's Sports: Class, Consumption, Identity, and the Subordination of Women in American Sports Culture" (2013)

Meade, Leisha, "Land Renewal Plus People Renewal: Urban Renewal, Adult Businesses, and Public Health in Nashville" (2013)

Wood, Brad, "Sacrificed to Capital: The Degradation of Textile Workers in the Early Postwar Era" (2012)


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