James Duane Bolin


Dr. J. Duane Bolin

Dr. J. Duane Bolin


"Home and Away' A Professor's Journal"


  • Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 1988
  • M.A., University of Kentucky, 1982
  • B.A., Belmont University 1978


  • Bosses of the Bluegrass: Political Bosses and Their Machines in Kentucky History (under contract and forthcoming with the University Press of Kentucky)
  • The Belmont Story, 1851-1951: Women’s Education in the South (under review at the University of Tennessee Press)
  • Adolph Rupp and the Rise of Big-Time College Basketball in America (under contract and forthcoming in 2016)
  • Home and Away: A Professor's Journal. Sikeston, Missouri: Acclaim Press, 2016)
  • “The Woman Who Helps Blind Children See: Linda Neville and the Crusade to End Blindness in Kentucky.” Kentucky Women: Their Lives and Times. Ed., Melissa McEuen and Thomas H. Appleton, Jr. Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press, 2015.
  • “In Search of the Humanities,” Regular Column in Kentucky Humanities Magazine (Spring, 2014-present)
  • The Banner Years: Murray State Basketball, 1925-2012. Sikeston, Missori: Acclaim Press, 2013.
  • Bossism and Reform in a Southern City: Lexington, Kentucky, 1880-1940 .Lexington, Kentucky: University Press of Kentucky, 2000. (Finalist for the Kentucky Historical Society’s Governor’s Award)
  • Kentucky Baptists, 1925-2000: A Story of Cooperation. Brentwood and Nashville, Tennessee: Southern Baptist Historical Society and Fields Publishing Incorporated, 2000. (Winner of Award of Merit from the Kentucky Historical Society and the Historic Confederation of Kentucky)
  • “Home and Away,” Weekly newspaper column for the Murray Ledger & Times (2005- present), the Providence Journal-Enterprise (2008-present), the Advocate-Messenger (2012-present), the Winchester Sun (2012-present), the Sebree Banner (2013-present)
  • "`An Air of Tenseness’: Labor Strife and Tragedy in Kentucky's Western Coal Field," The Filson Club History Quarterly. January, 1999: 3-33.
  • "The Sins of the Fathers: Clifton Rodes Breckinridge Remembers the Civil War," Civil War History. March, 1998: 35-51.
  • "Clifton Rodes Breckinridge: ‘The Little Arkansas Giant,’" Arkansas Historical Quarterly. Winter, 1994: 407-427.
  • "The Human Side: Politics, the Great Depression, and the New Deal in Lexington, Kentucky, 1929-1935." Register of the Kentucky Historical Society. Summer, 1992: 256-283.
  • "From Mules to Motors: The Street Railway System in Lexington, Kentucky, 1882-1938." Register of the Kentucky Historical Society. Spring, 1989: 118-143.
  • An Abiding Faith: A Sesquicentennial History of Providence, Kentucky, 1840-1990. Providence, Kentucky: Chamber of Commerce, 1990.

Courses Taught

  • History Transitions
  • American Experience Before 1865
  • American Experience Since 1865
  • Sports in America
  • Professional Engagement Senior Seminar
  • Transformation of America 1877-1929
  • History of Kentucky

Research Interests

  • Sports History, especially Adolph Rupp and the Rise of Big-Time College Basketball;
  • The Religious Faith of James Madison;
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer, specifically his tour of the American South in 1930 and 1931;
  • The History of Higher Education in America, particularly the American South

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