Department of History, Politics, and Philosophy

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Howard Miller
Department Chair of History, Politics and Philosophy
Associate Professor

-- Ph.D., Medieval Studies, Yale University
-- M.Phil., Medieval Studies, Yale University
-- M.A., Medieval Studies, Yale University
-- B.A., English, California State University

Teacher of the year, Jacksonville State University, 2004
John T. Roberts Dissertation Fellowship, Yale University, 2001
J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship, Full Grant, Spain, 1999 – 2000
Honors Graduate, Arabic Language Basic Course, Defense Language Institute, 1985

Professional Experience
Adjunct Professor, Departments of Religious Studies and History, California State University, 2010 – 2011
Adjunct Professor, Department of Humanities, Pepperdine University, 2001 – 2013
Chair, Academic Standing Committee, Cornell College, 2007 – 2008
Chair, Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Cornell College, 2006 – 2008
Assistant Professor of History, Cornell College, 2004 – 2008
Assistant Professor of History, Jacksonville State University, 2002 – 2004
Lecturer, Department of History, Southern Connecticut State University, 2001
Instructor, Department of English, Thomas Nelson Community College, 1994 – 1995

Professional Information
Member, American Academy of Research Historians of Spain
Member, American Oriental Society
Member, Medieval Academy of America
Member, Middle East Medievalists

Research Information
The Mozarabs: The History and Culture of the Arabic-Speaking Christians of Medieval Iberia
The Pleasures of Consumption: The Development of Medieval Islamic Cuisine
The Arabic Background of Marlowe’s Tamburlaine
The Mozarabs
A Brief History of Islam in America
Dispute Resolution in Medieval Toledo
On the Legal Frontier: Mozarabs at the Intersection of Christian and Muslim Law

Interesting Information
Speaks Arabic, French, German and Latin

Richard Goode
Professor of History

-- Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
-- M.A., Vanderbilt University
-- B.A., David Lipscomb College

Lipscomb University Mary Morris Award for service to society, 2013
Lipscomb University Outstanding Teacher Award, 2003 and 2009

Professional Experience
Lipscomb University, 1989 – present

Professional Information
Member, American Society for Church History
Lipscomb University-based memberships:
Center for International Peace and Justice
General Education Committee
University Writing Program Committee
Research Information
Writings on Reconciliation
And the Criminals With Him

Published in:
Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Social Class
Missio Dei
Crashing the Idols: The Vocation of Will D. Campbell
Encyclopedia of the Culture Wars
Restoring the First-century Church in the Twenty-first Century
Contemporary Justice Review
Leaven: A Journal of Christian Ministry
Entry on “Jesus Christ” for the W.E. B. DuBois Encyclopedia

Interesting Information
Helped create the Vanderbilt Program in Faith and Criminal Justice, which convenes Divinity School classes at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution – 2003

Timothy Johnson
Professor of History 

B.S. – University of Alabama
M.A. – University of Alabama
Ph. D. – University of Alabama
Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award from Lipscomb – 2001
David Laine Memorial Award - 2003
Professional Experience
Declassification archivist for the United States Air Force Historical Research Centre – 3.5 years
Currently serving as a visiting professor at Pepperdine University
Currently on the editorial board for the Tennessee Historical Quaterly
Interesting Information
Named an Andrew J. Mellon Research Fellow twice (1994, 2002) by Virginia Historical Society.
Named the Archibald Hanna, Jr. Research Fellow in American History for 2005 by Yale University.
Featured on C-SPAN’s BookTV (1999) and The History Channel (2003)
Currently doing research on the early careers of future Civil War generals.
Written and edited various other publications, including own books:
Winfield Scott: The Quest for Military Glory
Notes of the Mexican War
Presented papers and spoken at various conferences and symposia

Marc Schwerdt
Assistant Professor of Political Science

B.A. – Lipscomb University
M.A. – University of Alabama
Ph.D – University of Tennessee
Professional Experience
Assistant Professor of Political Science at Oklahoma Christian University – 2 years
Worked on fundraising for two congressional campaigns in 1996
Interesting Information
Published various articles and conference presentations based on manner in which public service individuals are presented in children's literature
Member of the American Political Science Association, the International Society for Political Psychology, and the Western Political Science Association

Dwight Tays
Professor of Political Science

B.S.— University of North Alabama
M.A.— George Peabody College
Ph. D.— University of Mississippi

Professional Experience
Worked on sabbatical in Governor Bredesen’s office – Fall 2004
Worked with the Mayor of Nashville – Summer 1997

Interesting Information
Former President of the Tennessee Political Science Association.
Served on the Board of Visitors of Abilene Christian University.
Serves on the Academic Advisory Committee for the Tennessee Legislative Internship Program.
Former Co-chair of the Membership Committee of the American Society for Public Administration.
Published and presented many articles on a variety of political topics at political meetings
Provides a political consulting service.
Received a Lipscomb Grant to provide consultation for the metropolitan government of Nashville in 1997.
Former Chair of Lipscomb Universities History, Politics and Philosophy department.
Currently serving on the Advisory Board for Obong University in Nigeria.

Neal Allison
Instructor of History
B.A. – Lipscomb University
M.A. – Middle Tennessee State University

Who's Who Among America's Teachers—2004, 2003, 2002
Outstanding Young Men of America—1986 

Professional Experience
Research Fellow in the Center for International Peace and Justice
Currently serves as an adjunct professor at Middle Tennessee State University
Served as an adjunct professor at Tennessee Technological University

Interesting Information
Allison has an interest in archeology and participated in a dig in Israel in 1998.
He has been backpacking all over the USA. He has also travelled in Europe and the Middle East.
He co-authored an article for Pepperdine University’s journal Leaven, titled "Christian Pragmatism: The Freedom and Power to Love"
Allison served as Commentator/Reader at the Phi Alpha Theta Tennessee Regional Conference in 2006.
Member of:
· Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
· Phi Alpha Theta (International History Honor Society)
· Alpha Mu Gamma (Honorary Foreign Language Society)






Guy Vanderpool
Visiting Professor

B.A. – Harding University
M.A. – George Washington University
National Security Agency’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award
Faculty Member of the Month – October 1997
Professional Experience
Served with the National Security Agency – 35 years
Served Army Intelligence – 3.5 years
Teaching at Lipscomb University since 1997
Interesting Information
Vanderpool is a Senior Fellow of the Center for International Peace and Justice.
He is interested in early historical sources and documents on Russian and Chinese history.
He co-authored an article for Pepperdine University’s journal Leaven, “The Christian as Revolutionary.”
Vanderpool has taken courses in Russian, Chinese, and East European history and culture, international economics, and management from the National Cryptologic School, Foreign Service Institute, and George Washington University.
He has given special presentations on Russian foreign policy and intelligence activities, the Communist International, China’s entry in the Korean War, and the role of intelligence during the Vietnam War. He has participated in campus and community forums on foreign policy and ethics.