Darren E. Grem
Assistant Professor of History and Southern Studies
Ph.D., University of Georgia
Office: Bishop Hall 328B
Office Hours: M: 3:00-4:00pm, Th: 11:00am-12:00pm; other times by appointment
20th century U.S. history
Southern history and southern studies
Politics, culture, religion, business
Darren E. Grem earned his B.A. from Furman University and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. He held postdoctoral fellowships at Yale University and Emory University before joining the faculty at the University of Mississippi in 2012 as Assistant Professor of History and Southern Studies.
Dr. Grem is the author of Corporate Revivals: A Business History of Born-Again America (under contract, Oxford University Press), a book that details how evangelicals strategically used business leaders, organizations, methods, and money to advance their religious and political aspirations in twentieth-century America. The dissertation on which this book is based won the Southern Historical Association’s C. Vann Woodward Prize for “best dissertation” and the University of Georgia’s Robert C. Anderson Award for “outstanding dissertation in the humanities.” Excerpts have appeared as articles examining the “Christian” business practices and activism of fast-food chain Chick-fil-A and the role of religious marketing at Heritage USA, a now-defunct theme park once run by televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker.
Currently, he is beginning a second book project, tentatively titled Hard Times Ain’t Gonna Rule My Mind: Postwar Americans and the Great Depression. In short, it will investigate how Americans after World War II remembered and used the Great Depression in popular culture and in political activism for and against the New Deal state.
In the Department of History and at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, Dr. Grem teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in twentieth-century U.S. history, southern history and southern studies, and modern politics and culture.
SST102 – Introduction to Southern Studies, with Dr. Kathryn McKee – TTh: 9:30-10:30am
HIS613 – Readings, Contemporary U.S. History (Post-1945) – Th: 4:00-6:30pm