Associate Professor of History, Henderson State University, 2015 –

Lecturer, Bowling Green State University, 2014-2015

Visiting Assistant Professor, Hampden-Sydney College, 2011 – 14

Charlotte W. Newcombe Dissertation Fellow, 2010-2011

Royden B. Davis Teaching Fellow, Georgetown University, 2008-2009


Ph.D, American history, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., 2011

Dissertation:“The Urban Pulpit: Evangelicals and the city in New York, 1880-1930”
Adviser: Michael Kazin
Major Field: US history
Minor Fields: early modern Atlantic history, religion

MA with honors, history, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2004

BA, history, English, political science, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2002

Research and Scholarship


Christian: The Politics of a Word in America, contract extended by Harvard University Press

Women and the LDS Church in Historical and Contemporary Perspective, edited collection with Kate Holbrook, under contract, University of Utah Press.

The Urban Pulpit: New York City and the fate of liberal evangelicalism, Oxford University Press, 2014.

The Mormon People: the making of an American faith, Random House, 2012.

Peer Reviewed Articles

““The Best Social Practice:” Mormon Women and the Professionalization of Social Reform in America, 1910-1930,”in Matthew Bowman and Kate Holbrook, ed., LDS Women in Historic And Contemporary Perspective, University of Utah Press, forthcoming

“Eternal Progression: Mormonism and American Progressivism,” in Jana Reiss and Randall Balmer, eds., Mormonism and American Politics since 1945, Columbia University Press, forthcoming.

“B.H. Roberts, James Talmage, and Confessional History in a Secular Age,” in John Young and Miranda Wilcox, ed., Historical Consciousness and Narratives of Apostasy, Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

“Antirevivalism and its Discontents: Liberal Evangelicalism, the American City, and Evangelical Reform, 1900-1929,” in Religion and American Culture, forthcoming

“Mormonism and its historians: the state of the field,” History Compass 12:3 (December 2011).

“Matthew Philip Gill and the Dynamics of Mormon Schism,” Nova Religio 14:3 (February 2011), 42-63.

“The Reverend Buck’s Theological Dictionary and the creation of evangelical identity, 1802-1851,” Journal of the Early Republic. 29:3 (Fall 2009), 441-475. With Samuel Brown.

“Persecution, Prophecy, and the Fundamentalist Reconstruction of Germany, 1933-1940,” in Maria Mazzenga, ed , American Religious Responses to Kristallnacht (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2009), 183-205.

“The Crisis of Mormon Christology: history, progress, and Protestantism,” Fides Et Historia: the journal of the conference on faith and history 40:2 (Fall 2008), 1-27.

“A Mormon Bigfoot: David Patten’s Cain, Race, and the Problem of Evil in Mormon folklore,” Journal of Mormon History 33:3 (Fall 2007), 62-83. Reprinted in Paul Reeve and Michael van Wagenen, eds., Between Pulpit and Pew: Mormon encounters with the paranormal (Logan, UT: Utah State University Press, 2011), and in Stephen C. Taysom, ed., Dimensions of Faith: a Mormon Studies Reader (Salt Lake: Signature Books, 2010).

“Sin, Spirituality, and Primitivism: the theologies of the American social gospel, 1885-1917,” Journal of Religion and American Culture 17:1 (Winter 2007), 95-126.

“’It Is Time We Do Something Radical:’ The Union Party in Utah,” Utah Historical Quarterly, 72:4 (Summer 2004), 253-270.


Review of Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey, The Color of Christ: the Son of God and the Saga of race in America, in Fides et Historia: The journal of the conference on faith and history, forthcoming

Review of Reid Neilson, Exhibiting Mormonism: the Latter-day Saints and the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, in Church History: studies in Christianity and culture, forthcoming

Review of The Joseph Smith Papers: Revelations 2: Published Revelations, in Fides et Historia: The journal of the conference on faith and history 45:1 (2013)

“The Lincoln We Hope For,” Common-place 12:2 (January 2012). Review of Abraham Lincoln: an extraordinary life, an exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of American History

Review of S. Scott Rohrer, Wandering souls: Protestant Migrations in America, 1600-1865 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, 2010),, in Journal of Mormon History 37:2 (Spring 2011)

Review of Mitch Horowitz, Occult America: the secret history of how mysticism shaped our nation (New York: Bantam, 2009), in Journal of Mormon History 36:3 (Summer 2010)

Review of Terryl Givens and Reid Neilson, eds., Joseph Smith Jr: Reappraisals after Two Centuries (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008), in Mormon Historical Studies 10:1 (Spring 2009)

“Images of Faith: Helen Whitney and the Art of Mormonism,” review of The Mormons, a film by Helen Whitney, Sunstone 146 (June 2007)

Other Publications

“Profits of Zion: what Mormons do with Money,” Slate, October 1, 2012

Is Romney Like Kennedy?” Time, September 26, 2012

“Mormon Moments,” History News Network, June 11, 2012

“How the Mormon Church teaches priesthood leaders to lead,” Washington Post, May 13, 2012

“Latter-day Libertarians,” Religion and Politics, May 1, 2012

“Saturday’s Warriors: How Mormons Went from Beard Wearing Radicals to Clean Cut Conformists,” Slate, April 25, 2012

“How Mormonism May Shape Romney’s Welfare Policies,” The New Republic, February 8, 2012

“Mormonism’s Surprisingly Deep Affinity for Progressive Politics,” The New Republic, November 21, 2011

“Generation Gap: Romney, Huntsman, and the genealogy of American Mormonism,” The New Republic, May 12, 2011

“What does Mormonism Mean to Mitt?” History News Network, December 17, 2007

Encyclopedia Entries

“Libertarian Party,” “Conservative Third Parties,” “Electoral College” “Party Conventions,” and “Inaugural Addresses” in Michael Kazin, ed., The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Politics, Princeton University Press, 2010

“James E. Talmage,” and “Joseph Fielding Smith,” in W. Paul Reeve and Ardis Parshall, eds., The Encyclopedia of Mormon History, ABC-CLIO, 2010

“Union Party,” in Howard Ernst and Larry Sabato, eds., The Encyclopedia of American Parties and Elections, Facts on File Press, 2006.

Selected Presentations

“The Word on the Street: Embodiment and the Bible in Social Reform in Gilded Age New York,” American Society of Church History Spring Meeting, April 2013

“Tony Kushner, South Park, and Mormonism in America,” Southern Modern Language Association, November 2012

“The History and Theology of Latter-day Libertarianism,” Conference on Faith and History, October 2012

“Made Over . . . For its Conquest and Occupancy:” New York City as Evangelical Battlefield, 1880-1900,” Society for Military History Annual Meeting, May 2012

“Evangelicalism and Pluralism in the Union School of Religion, or, the Passion of George Albert Coe, 1909-1928,” Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, April 2012

“A Progressive Apostasy: James Talmage, BH Roberts, and Protestant Apostasy Narratives in Nineteenth Century America,” at Conceptions of Apostasy, a conference at Brigham Young University, March 2012

“Eternal Progression: Mormonism and American Progressivism,” Mormonism and American Politics, a conference at Columbia University, February 2012

“The Revised Version: translations of the Word in 1880s New York,” The King James Bible and the World It Made: a conference at Baylor University Institutes for the Study of Religion, April 2011

“The Bible and evangelical conflict in New York City,” American Academy of Religion Mid-Atlantic meeting, March 2011

“History Thrown into Divinity: faith, history, and the founding events of Mormonism,” American Society of Church History, January 2011

“Writing history in the Catholic, evangelical, and Mormon traditions,” Conference on Faith and History, October 2010

“Converting the city: creating evangelical space in New York, 1880-1900,” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, March 2010

“Liturgy as History: An Approach to Mormon Worship, 1830-2008,” Mormon History Association, May 2009

“Raising buildings, raising congregations: church houses in Gilded Age New York City,” American Society of Church History Spring Meeting, April 2009

“The Corruption of Martin Luther: American Fundamentalism and the Problem of Nazism,” American Academy of Religion, March 2008

“Americanism and the Image of Judaism in the American Response to the Holocaust,” United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, August 2007

“The book of Genesis and the utopia of the American social gospel,” a Conference in honor of Warren Susman at Rutgers University, March 2007

Invited Talks

“Mormonism and the Public Square,” Seattle University Forum on Religion in Public Life, November 2012

“Mormonism and Progress from Polygamy to Romney,” Harvard University, October 2012

“Mormonism and Christianity in the Age of Mitt Romney,” Rutgers University Forum on Religious Pluralism, October 2012

“Eternal Progression: Mormonism and American Progressivism,” The Forum at Southern Virginia University, February 2012


Courses Taught


American History to 1877

American History since 1877

Western Civilization to 1500

Western Civilization since 1500

Introduction to the Study of Religion

Introduction to World Religions

World History

Upper Division Courses – US History

Public History

Religion in American Life

Islam in America

Religion and Ethnicity in America

Immigrant America

The African-American Experience

Religion and the American Civil War

Mormonism and the American Experience

Non-US History

Cultural Pluralism In the Atlantic World, 1500-2012

Witchcraft and Persecution in the Atlantic World, 1500-2012

European Reformations

Senior Seminar

Freshman Honors Seminar

Teaching Awards

James Ruedy Award for Outstanding Teaching in a Survey Course, Georgetown University, May 2010

Royden Davis Teaching Fellowship, Georgetown University, 2008-2009

Apprenticeship in Teaching Program, Center for New Design in Learning and Scholarship, Georgetown University, 2007-8


Campus Service

Member, Men’s Studies Program, Hampden Sydney College

Committee, Charles McRae Program on Religion and Vocation, Hampden Sydney College

Freshman Advisor, Hampden-Sydney College

Publication Service

Board of Editors, Journal of Mormon History, 2011 – present

Associate editor, Dialogue: a journal of Mormon thought, 2009 – present

Conference Service

Program Co-Chair, Mormon History Association 2013 Annual Meeting

Organizer, Perspectives on Women and the LDS Church, a conference at the University of Utah, August 2012

Manuscript Reviewer

Oxford University Press

Rowman and Littlefield, publishers

Journal of Nineteenth Century Studies

Journal of Church and State

Journal of Mormon History

Advisory Board, 2011 National Survey of Mormons, Pew Research Center on Religion and Public Life

Awards and Other Experience

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships

Best Theological Article, for “Matthew Philip Gill and the Dynamics of Mormon Schism,” Nova Religio 14:3 (February 2011), John Whitmer Historical Society, September 2012

Faculty Research Grant, Hampden-Sydney College, summer 2012, 2013

Bernard Schwartz Postdoctoral Fellowship, The New-York Historical Society, 2011-2012 (declined)

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 2010-2011

Juanita Brooks Award for Best Graduate Student Paper, Mormon History Association, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

J. Talmage Jones Award of Excellence in an Article, for “The Crisis of Mormon Christology: history, progress, and Protestantism,” Fides Et Historia.40:2 (Fall 2008),, Mormon History Association, May 2009

Hisham Sharabi Award for Best Graduate Student Paper, for “American Fundamentalism and the Problem of Nazism, 1933-1940,” Georgetown Department of History, September 2008

Research Fellow, Gilder-Lehrman Institute for American History, New York City, spring 2008

Peipho Research Travel Grant, Georgetown University, November 2007


Invited participant, “Case Studies in the History of Worship,” Calvin College Summer Seminars in Christian Scholarship, July 2010

Invited participant, Seminar on Religious Responses to Reichskristallnacht in the United States, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, US Holocaust Museum, summer 2007

Summer Fellow, Maxwell Institute for Religious Studies, Brigham Young University, summer 2007


American Historical Association

American Academy of Religion

American Society of Church History

Conference on Faith and History

Mormon History Association


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