Professor Lyerly teaches courses in American women's history, race, gender, and the Old South. She is currently at work on her second book, Thomas Dixon, Jr.: Apostle of Hate, about the well-known minister; playwright; lecturer; "professional Southerner" yet resident of New York City; "Social Gospel" preacher; rabid racist; and author of dozens of popular novels, including The Clansman, upon which D.W. Griffith's infamous film, Birth of a Nation, was based.
"Women and Southern Religion," in Matthews and Schweiger, eds., Religion in the American South (2004)
"A Tale of Two Patriarchs; Or, How a Eunuch and a Wife Created a Family in the Church," Journal of Family History (2003)
Methodism and the Southern Mind, 1770-1810 (1998)
"Passion Desire, and Ecstasy: The Experiential Religion of Southern Methodist Women," in The Devil's Lane: Sex and Race in the Early South (1997)
"Religion, Gender, and Identity: Black Methodist Women in a Slave Society," in Discovering the Women in Slavery (1996)