Shelby Balik

Balik, Shelby


History, Philosophy, Politics and Media, Religion , Teacher Education


Early American history and politics, American religion (any period), American slavery and its legacy, historical memory (including controversies over statues and symbols), American political philosophy, K-12 public education

Degree: Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor

Department: History


Office Phone: 303-615-0152

Interviewed by: Denver7, 9NEWS, 850KOA, LaVoz, Ben Franklin’s World

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Shelby M. Balik is an associate professor of history at Metropolitan State University of Denver, where she teaches courses in early American history, American religious history, American slavery, and social studies education. A former high school social studies teacher, she works with pre-service teachers and remains engaged in issues that affect public education. Areas of teaching expertise include American slavery and its legacy, historical memory, and American political philosophy.
Balik has published in the "Journal of Church and State," the "New England Quarterly," the "Massachusetts Historical Review," and the "Journal of Social History."  Her book, "Rally the Scattered Believers: Northern New England's Religious Geography" (Indiana, 2014), won the 2014 Phi Alpha Theta Best First Book Award, and she is currently researching a book on the politics and practice of household religion in eighteenth-century North America. Balik holds degrees from Brown University, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and University of Wisconsin-Madison.