Mark R. Cheathem is a professor of history and the project director of the Papers of Martin Van Buren at Cumberland University, located 30 miles east of Nashville. He is the author or editor of seven books, including the award-winning Andrew Jackson, Southerner.
Dr. Cheathem has been interviewed by a variety of media outlets, including C-SPAN, NBC News, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Nashville Tennessean, the Associated Press, and Voice of America. His writings have also appeared in a number of media outlets, including the Washington Post, the Nashville Tennessean, and the History News Network.
Dr. Cheathem’s blog generally focuses on the Early Republic period, defined by the Society for Historians of the Early Republic (SHEAR) as encompassing the years 1776-1861. Most of the posts center on Andrew Jackson and Jacksonian politics, his primary research interests, but he also addresses other topics, including teaching, writing, the Civil War, southern history, and the history of conspiracy theories.
If you’re interested in what motivated Dr. Cheathem to begin blogging, click here.
On Twitter, Dr. Cheathem often uses the hashtag #ConspiracyTweets to mark tweets about conspiracy theories for students in his Conspiracy Theories in American History course. Please don’t send him tinfoil hats–that hashtag does not reflect his belief in various conspiracy theories.
Disclaimer: This blog is not sponsored by Cumberland University, and the opinions and views expressed in Dr. Cheathem’s postings and comments do not necessarily reflect those of the university and its administration, faculty, students, or staff.