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Professor Hall’s research and teaching deal primarily with the 1945–1975 era. He is most interested in social movements and the links between domestic politics and foreign policy issues. He taught for two years at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis before arriving at CMU in 1989. He is the former editor of the journal Peace & Change, and is a past president of the Peace History Society.

His first two books, Because of Their Faith: CALCAV and Religious Opposition to the Vietnam War and The Vietnam War, address these issues. More recently his research and teaching interests have expanded to include modern American popular culture. His 2005 book, Crossroads: American Popular Culture and the Vietnam Generation, surveys postwar film, television, sports, and music. More recently he wrote a historical dictionary of the Nixon and Ford administrations and edited a collection of original essays on the social history of the Vietnam War era. His current project is The Emergence of Rock and Roll: The Rise of American Youth Culture for Routledge Press. Dr. Hall’s articles deal with antiwar activities, student political activism, and links between religious faith and attitudes toward war in the twentieth century.

  • Ph.D., University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, 1987
    Major Field: Recent United States History
    Dissertation Director: Dr. George C. Herring
  • M.A. in History, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, 1980
  • B.A. in Education, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, 1977
    Major: History. Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky, 1974-1975
    Anderson College, Anderson, Indiana, 1973-1974

Courses Taught

  • The Vietnam War
  • The United States since World War II
  • The Rock and Roll Era