History Faculty

Jerry GawJerry L. Gaw

Ph.D., Mississippi State University
M.A., Northwestern State University
B.A., Lipscomb University

Jerry Gaw has taught at Lipscomb University for over thirty years and is the Faculty Sponsor of its Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society chapter. He is a social historian with areas of specialization in Modern Europe, England, and the History of Medicine. He has led students during semester-long Global Learning Programs in Vienna and Bath, as well as three private group tours of Europe.

Professor Gaw is the author of A Time to Heal: The Diffusion of Listerism in Victorian Britain (1999), in addition to entries on Joseph Lister and Edward Jenner in the Research Guide to European Historical Biography.  He also has an article on African-American churches in North Louisiana during the era of Reconstruction and is nearing completion of a book manuscript on how the religion of Prime Minister David Lloyd George influenced his political convictions.

Richard GoodeRichard C. Goode

Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
M.A., Vanderbilt University
B.A., Lipscomb University

Richard Goode has taught at Lipscomb for nearly 25 years.  He has also taught for the Vanderbilt Divinity School and the New Brunswick Theological Seminary. At Lipscomb he teaches such courses as U.S. History I, U.S. History II, Colonial America, Foundations of 20th Century America, the American Civil Rights Movement, Religion and American Culture, and Freshman Seminar.

Professor Goode founded and coordinates the Lipscomb Initiative for Education (LIFE), a program which offers Lipscomb courses at Nashville area prisons and at Room in the Inn. He also enjoys research and writing, and has published three books with Will D. Campbell.

Timothy JohnsonTimothy D. Johnson
University Research Professor

Ph.D., University of Alabama
M.A., University of Alabama
B.S., University of Alabama

Tim Johnson, a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, received his Ph.D. from The University of Alabama in 1989.  His fields of specialization are early U.S. History, Military History and Southern History.  Professor Johnson has been on the history faculty at Lipscomb since 1991, he was selected by students and colleagues for an Outstanding Teacher Award in 2001, and he was designated University Research Professor in 2010. 

Professor Johnson has authored/edited seven books and two dozen articles, most notably Winfield Scott: The Quest for Military Glory (1998) and A Gallant Little Army: The Mexico City Campaign (2007).  Yale University named him the Archibald Hanna, Jr. Research Fellow in 2005 and the Virginia Historical Society named him an Andrew Mellon Research Fellow in 1994 and 2002.  A frequent speaker at civic and community events, Johnson has also appeared on C-SPAN, The History Channel, and Public Television.


Howard D. Miller
Associate Professor & Academic Chair

Ph.D., Yale University
M.Phil., Yale University

M.A., Yale University
B.A., California State University, Chico

Howard Miller teaches several courses in the history department, including Ancient History, Medieval History,  History and Politics of the Middle East, and Historiography. Dr. Miller's area of specialization is the history of Islamic Spain, medieval and early modern social history, food history and the history of romantic love. He has been at Lipscomb since 2011 and has previously taught at Cornell College and Pepperdine University.

Neal AllisonNeal P. Allison

M.A., Middle Tennessee State University
B.A., Lipscomb University

Neal Allison is an instructor in the Honors College and teaches History and Political Science. He has taught at the University level since 1996. Mr. Allison’s areas of interest are in history of ideas, and in cultural, theological, political, and military history. He is fascinated with world culture, different viewpoints, travel, and languages. In the classroom he enjoys interaction, discussion, and humor and thinks it critical to an overall learning environment. He believes it is important to give students not just historical facts but to provide a better understanding of humanity and the world we live in.

Socially, Neal is also a Deacon at the Acklen Ave Church of Christ and oversees their educational programs. He is an avid backpacker and canoeist and has hiked extensively all over the United States. He gets outside to experience nature any chance he gets.

Robert Hooper
Professor Emeritus

B.A. Lipscomb University
M.A. George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University
Ph.D. George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University

Dr. Hooper joined the history faculty in 1960 and subsequently served as department chair for thirty years. He has numerous published works in church history. Although he retired from full-time teaching in 1998, he continues to teach part-time in the department. His courses include: Western Civilization, World Regional Geography and Recent American Issues.

J. David Lawrence
Professor Emeritus

Ph.D., University of Kansas
M.A., Wichita State University
B.A., Drury College

David Lawrence began his career at Lipscomb University in 1984 and retired from full-time teaching in 2011. He taught a wide range of subjects, including Western Civilization, Greek History, Roman History, Medieval History, Renaissance to Reformation History, and Classical Political Thought. His teaching awards include the Laine Award, an award which allowed him to spend time researching classical Greek and Roman civilizations (early Christian civilization) in Italy and South France. During his time at Lipscomb, he led several study abroad groups to Europe and elsewhere.

Professor Lawrence continues to teach part-time in the department and is a favorite in Lipscomb University's Life Long Learning Program.