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T-Lacy_6-29-2015I am a student services professional, instructor, and historian. I was trained in U.S. history at Loyola University Chicago, and have a PhD and MA from the same. I also possess a BS in chemistry from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

My primary line of professional work is in student affairs. I currently work for the University of Illinois College of Medicine. In the past I have held academic advising and student services positions at Loyola University Chicago (Pre-Health Office and Stritch School of Medicine), Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago.

My training at Loyola was in cultural and intellectual history, as well as the history of education. I applied those to the history of the great books idea. Since then, I have also researched and written on the history of medicine, anti-intellectualism, anti-vaxxers, higher education, K-12 education, and great books

I presently teach history, part-time, at Loyola, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and the Newberry Library. In those institutions I have lead regular undergraduate courses and adult education seminars. In the past I have also taught at Monmouth College, Dominican University, Northeastern Illinois University, and the City Colleges of Chicago (Truman and Wright College campuses).

Lacy_Book-Cover_FinalIn terms of publications, my original doctoral work resulted in a book, The Dream of a Democratic Culture: Mortimer J. Adler and the Great Books Idea (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). Articles by me have appeared in the Journal of the History of Ideas, American Catholic Studies, The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, U.S. Catholic Historian, Public Seminar, and various encyclopedias. I am currently working on an encyclopedia dealing with anti-intellectualism and elitism in American history, and some side projects on the history of medicine in Chicago.

In 2007, I co-founded both the U.S. Intellectual History Blog and, later, the Society for U.S. Intellectual History. I continue to write for the #USIH blog (on top of work produced here at TTH). I recently chaired the 2018 S-USIH conference in Chicago.

On top of history and education, I also enjoy talking beer, Catholicism, politics, popular culture, and sports. When I’m in an analytical mode, I tend, of course, toward historical thinking and qualitative (non-analytic) philosophy. Otherwise I’m not averse to the petty cavil.

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