Ph.D., Georgia State University, 2013
Joseph Bagley is a political and legal historian of the United States, with a particular interest in civil rights and social justice movements. His dissertation, School Desegregation, Law and Order, and Litigating Social Justice in Alabama, 1954-1973, examines the legal struggle to implement the Brown v. Board of Education decision and the subsequent rearticulation of segregationist resistance. He argues that segregationists channeled outright defiance of federal courts into, first, a reluctant compliance movement, and then, an ostensibly colorblind movement to assert individual freedoms which, in effect, resulted in the preservation of vestiges of segregation and white privilege. He maintains that historians have underappreciated - and contemporary conservatives have ignored - the deep, broad, and litigious grassroots of a narrative of racial innocence which allowed this political movement to grow.
Bagley has recently presented his work at the Midwest Political Science Association's annual conference in Chicago. He will be presenting in 2014 as part of the Alabama Department of Archives and History's ArchiTreats series. He is currently working on a manuscript and several articles.
For nearly four years, during his tenure as a graduate student at Georgia State, Bagley taught World History since 1500 (1112) and Survey of U.S. History (2110) and assisted in teaching the history department's capstone course, Historical Research (4990). He is currently teaching the U.S. survey and hopes to teach upper division courses this summer. He has a B.A. and M.A. in History from Auburn University in his native Alabama.Joseph's dissertation can be found here.