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John TullyJohn Day Tully 

Professor of History 

Phone: (860) 832-2812 
Fax: (860) 832-2804 
Email: tullyj@ccsu.edu

John Day Tully received his B.A. from Boston University in 1989 and his M.A. from Central Connecticut State University in 1995. From 1998 until 2004 he was the founding director of the Harvey Goldberg Program for Excellence in Teaching at Ohio State University. He received his Ph.D. from Ohio State with a concentration in the history of American Foreign Relations in 2004 and joined the CCSU history faculty that year.

The University of Wisconsin Press published his most recent book Understanding and Teaching the Vietnam War, which he co-edited with Brad Austin and Matthew Masur, in 2013. The book helps teachers at all levels navigate through cultural touchstones, myths, political debates, and the myriad trouble spots enmeshed within the national memory of one of the most significant eras in American history. His first book, Ireland and Irish Americans, 1932-1945: The Search for Identity, which grew in part out of his research as a Visiting Fellow at the Clinton Institute for American Studies at University College Dublin, came out in 2010. He currently has a contract with McFarland Publishing to revise and update the late Larry Gelfand’s manuscript, “The United States and Dictatorships in the Post-WWI Era: Democracy and Tyrannies.” His long-term research interest is a book that examines the effects of Robert F. Kennedy’s foreign travel on his domestic policy positions.

Understanding and Teaching the Vietnam War is the first book in the Harvey Goldberg Series for Understanding and Teaching History, published by the University of Wisconsin Press and co-edited by Dr. Tully. Books in the Harvey Goldberg Series give college and secondary history instructors a deeper understanding of the past as well as the tools to help them teach it creatively and effectively. Each volume focuses on a specific historical topic and offers a wealth of content and resources, providing concrete examples of how teachers can approach the subject in the classroom. There are now an additional four books in the series:

Understanding and Teaching . . .

The Age of Revolutions

The Cold War

American Slavery

U.S. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History

Future topics currently under contract include volumes on the Civil Rights Movement and Native American History.

Dr. Tully is an award-winning teacher. In 2009, he won both the Connecticut State University Board of Trustees Teaching Award for CCSU and the CSU System-Level Trustees Teaching Award, becoming the first CSU system teaching award winner at the university. The American Historical Association has highlighted the syllabus for his Social Studies Methods at the Secondary Level class as a model for training future teachers. He has been the Academic Director for two U.S. Department of Education “Teaching American History” grants at Central. At the national level, Dr. Tully served as the Director of Secondary Education for the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and as one of Connecticut’s representatives to the Social Studies Assessment, Curriculum, and Instruction collaborative.

He is an active leader in Social Studies advocacy in the state and in a number of University initiatives. He has been the Vice President and President of the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies, as the Chair of its Public Policy Committee, and is a winner of the organization’s “Service to Social Studies” and "Lou Addazio" awards. He served as an academic consultant to the state’s Social Studies Framework Drafting Committee and is a member of the Connecticut Coordinating Committee for the Promotion of History. At the university level, he has chaired or co-chaired the Academic Freedom Committee, the Student Affairs Committee, and the University Athletics Board, as well as having served on a variety of other university and department committees.

Dr. Tully has given talks in Ireland and Poland, and presented conference papers at national meetings of the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the National Council for the Social Studies, the American Conference for Irish Studies, and many others.

More information is available at: johndaytully.org.

Tully's BooksSelected Publications: 

  • Understanding and Teaching the Vietnam War, ed. John Day Tully, Brad Austin, and Matthew Masur (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2013).
  • “Key Questions and Enduring Debates,” (with Brad Austin and Matthew Masur) in Understanding and Teaching the Vietnam War, ed. John Day Tully, Brad Austin, and Matthew Masur (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2013).
  • Ireland and Irish Americans, 1932-1945: The Search for Identity(Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2010).
  • "Ethnicity, Security, and Public Diplomacy: Irish Americans and Irish Neutrality in World War II," in The United States and Public Diplomacy: New Directions in Cultural and International History, eds. Brian Etheridge and Kenneth Osgood. (Boston: Brill Publishing, 2010).
  • "Memory and the Vietnam War," in Culture Wars: An Encyclopedia of Issues, Voices, and Viewpoints, ed. Roger Chapman (Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2009).
  • "The Foreign Policy of Ronald Reagan," in Retrieving the American Past: A U.S. History Reader (Boston: Pearson Custom Publishing, 2008).
  • "Globalization and a Wal-Mart World: The Documents,"Connecticut History 45 (Fall 2006): 278-85.
  • "Against the Tide: The Unfortunate Life of Steamboat Inventor John Fitch in the Social Studies/History Classroom,"Connecticut History 44 (Spring 2005): 122-25.
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