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T-Lacy_6-29-2015I am an educator, instructor, and historian. I was trained in U.S. history at Loyola University Chicago, and have a doctorate and master’s degree from the same. I also happen to possess a bachelor’s in chemistry from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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, Catholicism, and anti-intellectualism.

My primary line of professional work (the day job) is in student services. In the past I have held academic advising and instructional positions at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and Loyola University Chicago.

I also teach on the side, most recently 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 a book about anti-intellectualism and ignorance 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’m currently chairing the 2018 S-USIH conference, to be held 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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