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educator , historian

Michael Hathorn Shirley, American historian, educator. Certified secondary education teacher Illinois State Board Education, 1987. Pre-ABD fellow, University Illinois, 1991, Graduate fellow, 1994-1995, Redden Education grantee, Eastern Illinois University, 2000, Technology in Education grantee, 2001, Ballenger Education grantee, 2002.


Shirley, Michael Hathorn was born on September 2, 1957 in Evanston, Illinois, United States. Son of Robert Lloyd Shirley and Mary Coe Lind.


Bachelor, Beloit College, 1979. Juris Doctor, George Washington University, 1983. Master of Science, Northwestern University, 1987.

AM, University Illinois, 1991. Doctor of Philosophy, University Illinois, 1997.


Researcher National Assessment Educational Progress, Evanston, 1986—1986. Student teacher coordinator Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, 1989—1990, assistant professor history, since 1998. Visiting lecturer University Illinois, Urbana, 1997—1998.

Program assessor Illinois State Board Education, Springfield, since 2002. Consultant Tuscola Community High School, since 2003.


  • Certified secondary education teacher Illinois State Board Education, 1987.


  • Other Work

    • Author book reviews, essays and encyclopedia articles.


Trustee Tuscola Public Library., Illinois, since 2002. Committeeman Douglas County Democrats, 2002—2003. Pastoral board member Forty Martyrs Church, 2002—2003.

Catechist Forty Martyrs Parish, 2002—2003, lector trainer, 2003—2005, Tuscola Lodge 332, Armed Forces & A.M., since 2009. Chairman Leadership Development, Grand Lodge Illinois, Armed Forces & A.M., since 2009. Member of Midwest Conference on British Studies, North America Conference on British Studies, Masons, Phi Alpha Theta (faculty advisor since 2001, Gerald T. Nash Journal award 2001-2002).


  • Other Interests

    Reading, cooking.


Married Debra Marie Ralston, May 30, 1998. Children: Jacob, Katherine.

Robert Lloyd Shirley

Mary Coe Lind

Debra Marie Ralston

Jacob Shirley

Katherine Shirley