Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies


Vincent Gaddis, Ph.D.

Vincent Gaddis, Ph.D.

Professor (history)
Department chair

Kindlon 148
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Ph.D., Northern Illinois University | 2000\


M.A., Northern Illinois University | 1992


B.A., Rutgers University | 1985

Selected Publications and Presentations

Book Review of
The Life of Herbert Hoover: Imperfect Visionary, by Kendrick A. Clements. Journal of American History 98.1 (2011): 235-236.

"Black Face--White Utopia: Reflections on African-Americans, Utopia, and Advertising" in Utopian Images and Narratives in Advertising: Dreams for Sale. Eds. Luigi Manca, Alessandra Manca, and Gail W. Pieper. New York: Lexington Books, 2012. 193-212.

Herbert Hoover, Unemployment, and the Public Sphere: A Conceptual History, 1919-1933. Lanham: University Press of America, 2005.

"Albert Camus' The Plague: Finding Meaning in a Post-Modern World" in Substance, Judgment and Evaluation: Seeking the Worth of a Liberal Arts, Core Text Education.  Eds. Patrick T. Flynn, Jean-Marie Kauth, John Kevin Doyle, and J. Scott Lee.  Lanham: University Press of America, 2010. 69-74.

"Mothership Connection: Love, Soul, Music and Revolution." Plenary speaker, Midwest Culturally Inclusive Conference, University of Wisconsin-Platteville (September 2011).


"The Nihilistic Threat and the Political Economy of the Prison Industrial Complex." Association for the Study of African American Life and History Convention, Raleigh, NC (2010).


"Power, Place and the Preacher: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Power of Redemptive Suffering; Birmingham 1963." Phi Alpha Theta Biannual Conference, San Diego, CA (January 2010).


"Reading Race, Reading Community; Martin Luther King Jr. 'Why We Can't Wait' as Core Text." The Association for Core Texts and Courses 15th Annual Conference, Memphis, TN (April 2009).