Worcester State University
History & Political Science Department


Tona Hangen

Contact Information

Office: Sullivan 372D
Phone: (508) 929-8688
Email: thangen@worcester.edu
Twitter: @tonahangen


PhD, History of American Civilization, Brandeis University
BS, Anthropology/Archaeology, MIT

Dr. Hangen's CV here

Areas of Specialization

19th and 20th century US social and cultural history, religion and popular culture; radio studies; media history. I am the Assistant Director of the Honors Program, and I serve on the Advisory Board of the Center for Teaching and Learning. I am also on the Scholarly Advisory Council for Worcester's Teaching American History (TAH) grant, "Securing the Blessings of Liberty." I am the founder and principal developer of a collaborative digital archive of local history called DigitalWorcester.org.

Areas of pedagogical research involve the uses of digital history in the classroom, the teaching of teachers in a Web 2.0 world, curriculum and course development, and participating in open-source digital learning communities. Before coming to Worcester State, I taught history and American Studies at Brandeis University, Harvard University, and Bentley College. I am the author of Redeeming the Dial: Radio, Religion and Popular Culture in America (UNC, 2002). Areas of current research include religious aspects of the civil rights movement; Mormon women's history in the 20th century; and the cultural history of grassroots organizations in American culture.

Selected Recent Scholarship

Review of Ken Burns, "Prohibition" for the Journal of American History, June 2012.

Contributing author, The Cambridge History of Religions in America Vol II, edited by Stephen Stein (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

Contributing author, Encyclopedia of Religion in America, edited by Charles Lippy and Peter Williams (Congressional Quarterly Press, 2010).

Speaking of God, Listening for Grace: Christian Radio and its Audiences," in Michael C. Keith, ed., Radio Cultures: The Sound Medium in American Life (New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2008). [pdf of Choices review here]

Featured scholar, PBS American Experience, "Sister Aimee," (2007), produced by Linda Garmon, Carousel Films.

Redeeming the Dial: Radio, Religion, and Popular Culture in America (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002).Winner, Peter C. Rollins Book Award, Northeast PCA/ACA, 2003.


HI 112 US History II (since 1877)
HI 113 US History III, 1945-present
HI 193 Roadside America (Honors)
HI 193 American Carnival: Meet Me At the Fair (Honors)
HI 193 FS 13 On the Air: Radio in America
HI 207 American West: Myth and Reality
HI 215 US Intellectual History: American Ideas
HI 217 US Social History
HI 290 Health and Healing in America
HI 450/ HI 203 The US Since 1945
HI/PO 320 Citizen Nation
HI 345 Religions in America
HI 411 The Historian's Craft

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