Jeffrey Hyson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Director of American Studies Program
Disciplines Taught: American Studies, History
Office: B/L112N
Phone: 610-660-1746
Email: jhyson@sju.edu


Education

  • B. A., Yale University
  • M.A., Ph.D. Cornell University

Courses Taught

HIS 201-202 American History

History 150 First Year Seminar in History

HIS 368 American Ideas: From the Colonial Era to the Civil War
This course explores the history of American thought and culture from the Puritans to the Civil War, largely through primary source readings by major intellectual figures. The emphasis will be on social, political, and religious thought, but students will also discuss developments and trends in the arts, literature, and philosophy. Key topics include Puritanism and revivalism; liberalism, republicanism, and democracy; cultural nationalism and Transcendentalism; and abolitionism and antebellum reform.

HIS 369 American Ideas: From the Gilded Age to the Present
This course explores the history of American thought and culture from the late nineteenth century to the present, largely through primary source readings by major intellectual figures. The emphasis will be on social and political thought, but students will also discuss developments and trends in philosophy, religion, the arts, and literature. Key topics include Victorianism and modernism; pragmatism and Progressivism; liberalism and conservatism; and postmodernism and multiculturalism.

HIS 382 American Biography
An examination of the role of "great" men and women in American history, with special consideration of the nature of biography as a historical method.

HIS 386 American Environmental History
This course will describe our historical place in the natural landscape. It will tell that story through the methods of "environmental history," examining ecological relationships between humans and nature, political and economic influences on the environment, and cultural conceptions of the natural world. Drawing on methods from the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities, the course will survey over 500 years of North American environmental history, with topics ranging from urban pollution and suburban sprawl to agricultural practices and wilderness protection.

HIS 387 Popular Culture in the United States
This course will explore the production and consumption of commercialized leisure in the United States from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. Throughout the nation's history, American popular culture has both reflected and shaped society's values, often serving as an arena of conflict among classes, races, and genders. By investigating selected sites on this contested terrain--from novels, stage shows, and movies to radio, television, and popular music--students will learn to think seriously, critically, and historically about the mass-produced culture that surrounds them every day.

Research

  • American Intellectual History
  • American Popular Culture
  • Environmental History
  • Public History

Faculty Expert Profile

  • Expertise: American Zoos, American Pop Culture, Environmental History, Animal Studies

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