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About Anthony Harkins

My current research extends my exploration of postwar urban and rural images and identities and my focus on popular culture as an important site of struggle over social power. This new project explores the origins, development and potential consequences of envisioning the great center of the nation as “the middle of nowhere” from the perspectives of both coastal commentators and self-defined “Flyover People.” In particular, I am investigating the impact of central transportation and communication developments (especially transcontinental passenger air travel, the interstate highway system, and the programming and conceptions of television executives) on the changing ways Americans envisioned the cultural and geographic boundaries and intersections of the nation.


Present Associate Professor, Western Kentucky University Department of History

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • J. William Fulbright Fellowship, Karl Franzens University, Graz, Austria, Spring 2012
  • Susanne M. Glasscock Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Humanities Scholarship, Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research, Texas A&M University, 2005
  • John G. Cawelti Award for outstanding book in American Culture Studies, Honorable Mention, American Culture Association, 2004

Contact Information

Office:  Cherry Hall 218
Phone:  (270) 745-3149


Books and Book Chapters (2)

Research Works (6)

Encyclopedia Entries (1)

Curated on-line Scholarship (1)