Dr. Patrick Connelly
Associate Professor of History
Dr. Patrick Connelly arrived at Montreat College in 2007. He earned a B.A. in history from the University of South Carolina; an M.A. in theological studies and an M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando; and an M.A. in history from Emory University.
Professor Connelly earned his Ph.D. from Emory University in American cultural and intellectual history. His dissertation explores the intersection between the American reception of Friedrich Nietzsche’s thought and the decline of Protestant cultural authority.
Professor Connelly believes that William Faulkner had it right when he said, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” History is not merely about the past, Connelly notes, but about the present and future. “We don’t live our lives in a vacuum, so history provides the narratives that explain our present and inform our future.” He enjoys challenging students to see the value of historical understanding in world civilization and American history classes. He also appreciates the challenge our current cultural context provides to historical understanding. “I read an article recently about how our technological and social media environment has left our culture awash in a sea of ‘nowness.’ We are so present-minded, whether about important or trivial things, that we neglect the vital stories and insights of the past.”
Outside the classroom, he enjoys spending time with his wife and twin boys, listening to U2, and following Gamecock football, Cubs baseball, and Arsenal soccer.