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Joel Dark, PhD


Joel Dark is a historian of modern Europe and currently serves as the associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts.


112 Crouch Hall, (615) 963-5516,  jdark@tnstate.edu


PhD, History, Vanderbilt University, 1998

MA, History, Vanderbilt University, 1991

BA, History, Middle Tennessee State University, 1990

Courses Taught

American History I; American History II; Europe, 1648-1789; Europe, 1789-1871; Europe, 1871-1945; Europe since 1945; Germany and the U.S. Civil Rights Movement (study-abroad course); History Senior Project; History Senior Seminar; History Workshop; International Context of the Civil Rights Movement; Orientation for Social Science Majors; Sea Power in History; Short-Term Study Abroad; World History I; and World History II.

Research Interests

Dr. Dark’s primary research interest is the complex relationship between the African American struggle for civil rights in the U.S. and the emergence of European democracies after the First and Second World Wars. He has recently begun local history research focused on Nashville’s historic Edgehill neighborhood and is working with library colleagues to explore grant opportunities for the digital curation of the Avon Williams papers at TSU.

Selected Publications

“Edgehill” in Profiles of African Americans in Tennessee. Nashville Conference on African American History and Culture (Tennessee State University and the Metro Nashville Historical Commission, 2018).

"Doctoring the Doctor: Midrashic Adventures in Text and Space" in Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith: Religion and Doctor Who, ed. Andrew Crome and James McGrath (London: Darton, Longman, and Todd, 2013).

"The Armenian Genocide," in The Holocaust and Other Genocides: History, Representation, Ethics, ed. Helmut Walser Smith (Nashville, Tennessee: Vanderbilt University Press, 2002).

"Hochhuth and The Deputy," in Europe since 1945: An Encyclopedia, ed. Bernard A. Cook (New York, Garland, 2001).