digital humanities, critical bibliography, history of the book, periodicals, 19th Century American Literature, American religious history
I am interested in the intersection of American religious history, fundamentalism, media and technology as limit cases for the engagement between religion and culture.
I am a historian of American religious history and nineteenth-century United States history, often working with computational and spatial methods. I am an associate professor in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University, where I teach digital history, American religious history, and the nineteenth-century United States. I am also affiliated faculty at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media.
Early American literature, comparative colonial studies, history of the book, religious poetry, hemispheric and transatlantic studies.
Material histories of religion, emphasizing the work of people in and on the world, stemming from American history and culture through the networks of resource extraction to oceanic spaces and the dark of coal mines. Comparative studies of religion and globalization embedded in those networks, influencing and influenced by the relentless frames of capitalism and “civilization.”
Adjunct Instructor, University of Mobile
I research the afterlives of Christian/Gnostic Apocrypha in American religion, culture and beyond. The Kingdom is Within You: The Lost Gospels and Post-Christianity in America under contract with UVA.
Ph.D. student in Church History – Patristics, with a focus on 4th-century Arian discourse and pre-Ambrosian Latin fathers Previously, Ph.D. candidate in History – Ancient at UNC Chapel Hill, with a focus on 4th-century BC political identity
I earned both my Ph.D. (2020) and M.A. (2017) in history from Boston University, where I was a Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellow in Igbo. I received my B.A. (2014) from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. My research focuses on religious encounters in Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly religious conversion and the expansion of American mission churches, and has been supported by an external fellowship from the Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah (2018-2019). My scholarship has appeared in the International Journal of African Historical Studies and the Journal of Mormon History, and has been taught in history and religion courses at institutions such as the University of Utah and Whitman College. I am a book review editor for H-Africa (2019- ), and the former managing editor of the African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review (2017-2020), and the co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Workshop on African History.