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Raymond Haberski

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Raymond Haberski

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Raymond Haberski

Raymond Haberski, Jr. is Professor of History and Director of American Studies at IUPUI. At the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture he serves as Publishing Coordinator. From 2000 to 2013, Haberski was a full-time, tenured faculty member at Marian University where he directed the Honors Program and served as chair of the Department of History and Social Science for five years. For the 2008–2009 academic year he held the Fulbright Danish Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the Copenhagen Business School and continues to cultivate collaborations with Southern Denmark University and the Danish-American Fulbright Commission. Haberski’s research field is U.S. intellectual history and most recently his scholarship has focused on the intersection between religion, war, and politics in post-1945 U.S. history.

Haberski’s books include It’s Only a Movie: Films and Critics in American Culture (2001), Freedom to Offend: How New York Remade Movie Culture (2007), The Miracle Case: Film Censorship and the Supreme Court (2008), God and War: American Civil Religion Since 1945 (2012), and a manuscript he has recently completed for the American Academy of Franciscan History tentatively entitled, Evangelization to the Heart: Franciscan Media in the United States, with an expected publication date of 2016. Currently he is at work on a monograph that looks at the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ pastoral letter The Challenge of Peace as a way to discuss the role of religion in U.S. foreign policy and the history of the Catholic just war doctrine in American history. For a volume on Steven Spielberg produced by an international collection of scholars, Haberski has contributed an essay on Steven Spielberg and film criticism that constitutes part of larger project he is researching on the social history of the American blockbuster film.

In administration, Haberski has taken the lead in two projects, the creation of the Society for U.S. Intellectual History (S-USIH) and a doctoral program in American Studies. With a group of his colleagues from around the country, he founded S-USIH in 2011, a professional organization that grew out of an award-winning blog that he has contributed to since 2009. This society also runs a well-regarded annual conference that attracts the attention of junior as well as senior scholars and has been featured in the New York Times and on C-SPAN.

Haberski crafted a proposal to create a Ph.D. program in American Studies at IUPUI that received approval from the Indiana University Board of Trustees in August 2015. Leveraging the strong scholarship and good will of colleagues across IUPUI’s School of Liberal Arts and campus, this program will recruit students who want to integrate mixed methods and a diverse offering of doctoral minors for a degree that will train them for careers outside of academic teaching. At the center of this program is a doctoral internship of at least eighteen months with organizations and institutions related to research centers and individual faculty research at IUPUI. Among the research centers crucial to the success of this Ph.D. program will be the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture.