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A-State Remains Closed Through Friday. March 6

Arkansas State University will remain closed through Friday, March 6, due to heavy snowfall and hazardous road conditions. This includes the main campus at Jonesboro and the Paragould center.

For the convenience of students, faculty/staff and the community:
  • The Acansa Dining Hall will operate under inclement weather hours, 10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Thursday and 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Friday.
  • The Red Wolf Center will be open from noon - 5 pm during the closure.
  • The Dean B. Ellis Library will be open on Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and regular hours over the weekend.
  • GradStock has been rescheduled to March 9, from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at Cooper Alumni Center.
  • The Testing Center will be closed.
  • NEA Science Fair has been postponed to March 16 at Hames Room, Convocation Center.
  • Communications Day (March 7) has been cancelled.
  • The SunBelt basketball match-ups with South Alabama will be played as scheduled.
  • This weekend's baseball matchup with UTA has been moved to Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson, MS. First game is Saturday, March 7 at 7 p.m. and a doubleheader on Sunday, March 8 at 1 p.m.
  • The Honors Reception event scheduled for Saturday, March 7 has been cancelled.

The university reminds students to monitor their official Arkansas State student email account for information regarding classes, as explained in an announcement from Provost Lynita Cooksey.

For further updates, watch the A-State website at AState.edu and official social media: Facebook.com/ArkansasState and on Twitter @ArkansasState.

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(870) 972-3820

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Assistant Professor of History


Education

  • PhD, Florida State University
  • MAR, Yale University
  • MA, Lipscomb University
  • BA, Lipscomb University

Teaching Specialties

  • Social Studies Education
  • American Religious History
  • Religion and Politics
  • Identity Constructions
  • 20th Century America

Research Interests

  • Intersections of Religion, Politics, and Race in Identity Formation, Negotiations of Power and Influence Within and Against Culture
  • Current Projects:
    Faith in Freedom: Religion, Politics, and War in Mid-Twentieth Century America
    Where Those People Live: The Search for the Elusive Bible Belt
    Embodied Myth in the Nation of Islam

Biography

Dr. Andrew Polk joined the Arkansas State history department in August, 2013. A former high school history teacher, he is director of the social studies education program within the department and teaches the methods of social studies instruction course, as well as supervising all social studies teaching interns. His research interests revolve around the intersection of religion, politics, and race in American history and the construction and maintenance of identities transnationally.

His most recent publications include “Unnecessary and Artificial Divisions: Franklin Roosevelt’s Quest for Religious and National Unity Leading up to the Second World War” in the Fall, 2013 edition of Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture, “W.D. Mohammed” in Princeton University Press’ Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought, and five entries for ABC-CLIO’s Encyclopedia of Religion and Politics in America, including the lead article “Cold War.” His dissertation, Faith in Freedom: Religion, Politics, and War in Mid-Twentieth Century America, is currently under review by Oxford University Press.

Andrew Polk


Contact Information

P: (870) 972-3388


Office

Building: Wilson Hall
Room: 115