Paul Putz

Ph.D., 2018
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Advisor: Barry Hankins

Research Interests: My dissertation explains how particular forms of Christianity were embedded within the world of big-time sports in the post-World War II United States, and also how the values and symbols of big-time sports increasingly found a home within numerous American Protestant communities. It focuses especially on the founding and early development of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (1954-1980). Broadly, my research intersects with themes of sport, religion, race, consumer culture, print culture, and region (particularly the Midwest).

Education: B.S. in Secondary Education (history endorsement), Grace University; M.A. in History, University of Nebraska-Omaha

Fellowships/Grants: Evangelism Research Grant, Billy Graham Center Archives (2016); Research Fellowship, Presbyterian Historical Society (2016); University of Chicago Robert L. Platzman Memorial Fellowship (2016); Whayne Travel Grant, Kenneth Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas (2015-16); State Historical Society of Iowa Research Grant (2015-16); Nebraska State Historical Society Research Grant (2012-13)

Other Fellowships/Awards: Graduate School Fellowship, Baylor University (2013-18); Guittard Fellowship, Baylor University (2013-14); Bernie Kolasa Academic Memorial Scholarship, Nebraska-Omaha AAUP (2012-13); Outstanding History Graduate Student Award, University of Nebraska-Omaha (2011-12); NCCAA Academic All-American, Grave University (2007-08); Attracting Excellence in TeachingScholarship, Grace University (2007-08)

Book Chapters and Journal Articles
"The Homer of Middle-Western America: Walt Mason's Syndicated Poetry." Chapter to be included in The Midwestern Moment: The Ascendance of Midwestern Regionalism, 1880-1940, edited by Jon Lauck (Hastings College Press, forthcoming 2017).
"Commercializing the Sacred Office: Sexual Revolution and the Scandal of the Modern Marrying Parson, 1895-1930." The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (forthcoming, 2017-2018).
"A City on a Hill: Mobilizing Evangelical Protestant Men for Moral Reform under the Des Moines Plan, 1907-1916." The Annuals of Iowa (forthcoming, 2017-2018).
"Big-League Basketball Comes to Omaha: A History of the Omahawks." Nebraska History 97.8 (Winter 2016): 195-198.
"From the Pulpit to the Press: Frank Crane's Omaha, 1892-1896." Nebraska History 96.3 (Fall 2015): 136-153.
"Going Viral: The Impact of Forced Crowdsourcing on Coaching Evaluation Procedures." International Sport Coaching Journal 1.2 (2014): 103-108. Co-author with Jordan R. Bass and Mark Vermillion.
"A Church for the People and a Priest for the Common Man: Charles W. Savidge, Omaha's Eccentric Reformer." Nebraska History 94.2 (Summer 2013): 54-73.
"Jesse 'Cab' Renick: In Search of an Indian Identity." Chronicles of Oklahoma 89.1 (Spring 2011): 72-97.

Book Reviews:
The Pew and the Picket Line: Christianity and the American Working Class, eds. Christopher D. Cantwell, Heath W. Carter, and Janine Giordano Drake, The Annuals of Iowa (forthcoming, 2017).
This is Not Dixie: Racist Violence in Kansas, 1861-1927, by Brent M.S. Campney, Great Plains Quarterly (forthcoming, 2017).
Alexander's Bridge, by Willa Cather with an introduction by Susan Schiller, Middle West Review (forthcoming, 2017). Vanishing Messiah: The Life and Resurrections of Francis Schlatter, by David N. Wetzel, Nebraska History 97.8 (Winter, 2016): 218-19.
Redeeming Time: Protestantism and Chicago’s Eight-Hour Movement, 1866-1912, by William A. Mirola, Fides et Historia 47.2 (Summer/Fall 2015): 201-03.
Free Radical: Ernest Chambers, Black Power, and the Politics of Race, by Tekla Agbala Ali Johnson, Middle West Review 2.1 (Fall 2015): 107-09.