Mary Ellen Pethel received her Ph.D. from Georgia State University in 2008 and currently teaches HON2520 (Age of Exploration) in the Honors Department. In addition, Dr. Pethel serves as the archivist at the Harpeth Hall School where she is also a member of the History Department. Her dissertation, “Athens of the South: College Life in a New South City, 1897-1917” explored issues of southern urbanization during the Gilded Age/Progressive Era.
She published Berry College: A Century of Making Music in 2010. Dr. Pethel has also written several book reviews representing a range of topics from the making of modern Lebanon to U.S. antebellum culture. Her most recent publication is Sport and the Outward Life: Young Women Athletes as Progressive Players within Tennessee Women in the Progressive Era (2013). Upcoming publications include Lift Every Female Voice: Education and Activism in Nashville’s African American Community, 1870-1940 as well as a book project that traces the histories of Ward Seminary and Harpeth Hall. She also serves as a consultant for the West End Home Foundation.