Dr. Daniel Spillman

Associate Professor of History
Office Location Owens Hall, 305
Phone (Office) 405.585.4217
OBU Mailbox # 61736
Email daniel.spillman@okbu.edu

Biography

Daniel Spillman (Ph.D., Emory University) joined OBU as an Associate Professor of History in August 2017. Prior to OBU, he served as an Associate Professor of History and the Chair of the History Department at Williams Baptist College in Arkansas.

His research interests include American religious, political, and cultural history in the 20th century. His writes about the history of American fundamentalism in the Sunbelt region during the 1920s and 1930s. He also writes about the role of 1960s-era conservative youth on the development of post-war conservative thought. His chapter, “Combative Conservatism at the ‘Berkeley of the Midwest’: The American Spectator and Baby Boomer Conservative Intellectuals, 1967-1973,” will be published in The Last Battleground: Conservatism in the American Midwest, 1946-2016, edited by Jon K. Lauck and Catherine McNicol Stock, eds., in May 2020 by the University Press of Kansas.

Dr. Spillman loves teaching history and spending time with students. He serves on both the Teacher Education Committee and the Honors Committee here at OBU, and volunteers as a panel judge for Oklahoma’s National History Day Competition and at the regional Phi Alpha Theta National History Honors Society conferences. In Arkansas between 2012 and 2017 he served on the Board of Directors of a World War II museum, where he organized temporary exhibitions by his college students. He enjoys traveling, cheering for the US national soccer teams, and exploring used bookstores with his wife, Teri.

Education

  • B.A., Asbury University
  • M.A., Kent State University
  • Ph.D., Emory University

Subjects Taught

Dr. Spillman teaches a wide range of courses in American history, including courses on 20th century U.S. history, the American Civil War, and the history of American family life. He also teaches both courses in OBU’s Western Civilization sequence, a global history of the Second World War, and an Honors Colloquium on the “Roaring Twenties.”

He is co-creator of a new OBU study abroad trip to Europe. In January 2020 he will co-lead a class of twenty OBU students as they explore World War II- and Holocaust-related sites in Europe, including Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany, and the Netherlands.

Memberships

  • Midwestern History Association
  • Conference on Faith and History
  • Arkansas Historical Association

Publications

“Combative Conservatism at the ‘Berkeley of the Midwest’: The American Spectator and Baby Boomer Conservative Intellectuals, 1967-1973,” in Jon K. Lauck and Catherine McNicol Stock, eds., The Last Battleground: Conservatism in the American Midwest, 1946-2016 (Forthcoming, May 2020, University Press of Kansas).

Review, Quaker Brotherhood: Interracial Activism and the American Friends Service Committee, 1917-1950, by Allan W. Austin, in Fides et Historia (Summer/Fall 2014).

Contributing Writer, “The Triumph of the Right,” in The American Yawp Textbook, edited by Ben Wright and Joseph Locke, www.AmericanYawp.com (2014).

“The Sharon Statement Launches Young Americans for Freedom (1960),” in Encyclopedia of American Reform Movements, edited by John R. McKivigan and Heather L. Kaufman (Facts on File: Library of American History Series, 2010).

“Student Conservatives,” in Encyclopedia of the Culture Wars: Issues, Voices, and Viewpoints, edited by Roger Chapman (Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 2009).

Presentations

"'The College Campus is a Battle Zone Again': The American Spectator, The Dartmouth Review, and Conservative Campus Magazines in the 1980s.” Presented at the Midwestern History Conference, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan, on May 31, 2019.

"The Feuding Disciples of J. Frank Norris: Shotguns, Sermons, and Schismatic Baptists in Arkansas, 1932-1934.” Presented at the International Conference on Baptist Studies, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, July 21, 2018.

“‘His Cheatin’ Heart:’ The American Spectator and Conservatism’s Clinton Obsession, 1993-1999,” Presented at the Annual Meeting for the Association of Arkansas College History Teachers, Hot Springs, Arkansas, October 5, 2012.

“‘He Spoke to the People’: Young Conservative Intellectuals, Ronald Reagan, and the Republican Presidential Primaries in 1976,” Presented at the Annual Meeting for the American Historical Association, San Diego, January 8, 2010.

“A Serviceable Alternative: Student Conservative Writers at Indiana University, 1967-1970,” Presented at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Comparative Discussion on ‘Rightist’ Movements Conference, March 13, 2008.

Lectures

Invited speaker, “Spies, Resistance Fighters, & Assassins in World War II,” Mock Class for OBU’s Admission Department’s Spring Preview Day, April 6, 2019.

Invited speaker, “Holy War in the Delta: The Jonesboro Church Wars and American Fundamentalism in the Great Depression,” Sponsored by Arkansas State University’s Department of History, Phi Alpha Theta, Jonesboro, Arkansas, April 6, 2017.

Invited speaker, “Holy War in the Delta: The Jonesboro Church Wars and American Fundamentalism in the Great Depression,” at the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archive’s Program, “All You Need is Love: War and Religion in Northeast Arkansas,” Powhatan, Arkansas, August 20, 2016.