Participant Info

First Name
Shelby
Last Name
Balik
Affiliation
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Website URL
http://www.shelbymbalik.com/
Keywords
early America, religion, family, New England, church and state, material culture
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About Me

I am an associate professor of history at Metropolitan State University of Denver. I hold an A.B. in history and American civilization from Brown University, an M.A. in education from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before I began my graduate program at Wisconsin, I taught history at the high school level. After earning the Ph.D., I taught at Illinois State University, the University of Colorado Denver, and Iliff School of Theology. At MSU-Denver, I teach courses in early American history, American religious history, and social studies teacher education.

I am the author of Rally the Scattered Believers: Northern New England’s Religious Geography (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2014), which won the 2014 Best First Book Award from the Phi Alpha Theta history honor society. I have published articles in the Journal of Social History, the Massachusetts Historical Review, New England Quarterly, and the Journal of Church and State. My current book project is tentatively titled “Church in the House: Family Religion in Eighteenth-Century America,” and will offer a religious history of family life that places the household firmly at the center of early American religious culture.

Recent Publications

Rally the Scattered Believers: Northern New England’s Religious Geography. Religion in North America. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2014.

“’Dear Christian Friends’: Charity Bryant, Sylvia Drake, and the Making of a Spiritual Network.” Journal of Social History 50 (Summer 2017): 630-54.

“‘Persecuted in the Bowels of a Free Republic’: Samuel Ely and the Agrarian Theology of Justice, 1768-1797.” Massachusetts Historical Review 15 (2013): 89-122.

Media Coverage
Featured in interviews on Ben Franklin's World (podcast), Chasing the Mind (podcast), feature stories on local radio (850 AM KOA) and television news (9News, KUSA, NBC affiliate), and elsewhere.
Country Focus
Colonial North America and early United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
17th century, 18th century, 19th century
Expertise by Topic
American Revolution, American Founding Era, Book History, Children & Youth, Family, Gender, Local & Regional, Material Culture, Politics, Religion, Women