Brian Clardy


Dr. Brian Clardy

Dr. Brian Clardy

Associate Professor of History


  • “Education for Ministry” sponsored by Sewanee School of Theology, University of the South 2011-Present
  • Ph.D.,  Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1999
  • M.P.A., Murray State University, 1991
  • B.A., The University of Tennessee at Martin, 1988


  • Books
    • Radical Ideas: Homilies and Reflections. Sikeston, MO: Acclaim Press, Forthcoming.
    • A Testament of Grace: Sermons and Reflections. 2nd Edition. Jackson, TN: Main Street Publishing, 2014.
  • Articles
    • “Impeaching Richard Nixon: Tennessee Congressman Ed Jones, Watergate, and the Politics of Triangulation, 1973-1974” The West Tennessee Historical Society Papers, Vol. LXX, 2016, 37-57.
    • “A Fear and Loathing of Détente: Perspectives on Criticisms of Henry Kissinger in ‘The New Republic’ and “The National Review.” The Flinders Journal of History and Politics. Vol. 29, 2013, 113-136.
    • “Deconstructing a Theology of Defiance: Black Preaching and the Politics of Racial Identity.” The Journal of Church and State. Vol.53 (2), Spring 2011, 203-221.
    • “And You Should Have That Opportunity: The Desegregation of South Fulton High School, 1962.” Tennessee Historical Quarterly, Vol. LXIX, No. #1, Spring 2010, 66-87.
    •  “Geographical Indications, Beer, and Czech National Identity: A Historical Analysis of the Anheuser-Busch/Budejovicky Budvar Trademark Dispute.” The Journal of Business and Economic Perspectives, Vol. XXXV, No.#2, Fall 2009/Winter 2010, 27-38.
    • The Management of Dissent: Responses to the Post Kent State Protests at Seven Public Universities in Illinois. University Press of America; October, 2002.
    • "Re-conceiving the State and Economy: A Focus on Latin America." Delivered to the 23rd Third World Conference; the Swisshotel; Chicago, Illinois; March 28, 1996. Published in the Proceedings of the Third World Conference Foundation, Spring 1996.

Courses Taught

  • United States History to 1865
  • United States History Since 1865
  • World Civilizations and Cultures Before 1500
  • World Civilizations and Cultures Since 1500
  • American National Government
  • U.S. Foreign Relations Since 1898
  • History of Religion in America
  • Survey of World Religions
  • The World Since 1945
  • The Modern Presidency
  • The Social and Political Protests Movements of the 1960sAm
  • American Foreign Policy
  • Seminar in US History to 1865 (The Evolution of the American Presidency)
  • Introduction to Religious Studies

Research Interests

  • U.S. foreign policy during the Cold War;
  • Vietnam War period; 
  • American Presidency; 
  • comparative world religions

Television and Radio 

  • Panelist: “The Electoral College” Kentucky Tonight (KET) November 14, 2012
  • Panelist: “The 2012 Presidential Election” on “Connections with Renee Shaw” (KET) November 4, 2012
  • “Pork, Pie, and Politics” (Kentucky Educational Television). August 7, 2012. Previewing the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election. 
  • Panelist: “Debating the Electoral College” “Kentucky Tonight,” (KET) June 25, 2012.  
  • Panelist: “Statewide Elections Preview” “Connections with Renee Shaw” (KET ). November 2011.  October 31, 2011.
  • Roundabout U:  “Analysis of the Inauguration of President Barack Obama” (January 2009); “Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s Visit to Murray State University” (February 2011)
  • Co-Host of “Café Jazz,” WKMS 91.3FM (February 2009-Present)
  • KFVS TV 12:  “The Campus Campaign” (October 2008)
  • Official Broadcast Historian:” The Eisenhower Hour (Hosted by Dr. Bob)”; WKMS 91.3FM; Murray State University. (October 2007-Present)
  • Public Affairs Commentator: WKMS 91.3FM; Murray State University (January 2006-Present)

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