Visiting Assistant Professor
Office: Ladd 107B
- Ph.D., The University of Iowa (Religious Studies, 2010)
- M.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City (History, 2004)
- B.S.E., University of Central Missouri (Secondary Education in Social Studies, 2001)
Teaching and Research Interests:
- Religions in North America: Mormonisms; Native American religions; the Social Gospel movement; Judaism; intentional communities
- History of religions: sacred space; pilgrimage; millennialism; ritual and performance
- History of Christianity: global Christianity; missions and imperialism; Christianity, childhood, and adolescence; Christianity and lived religion
- The Kirtland Temple: The Biography of a Shared Mormon Sacred Space (University of Illinois Press, forthcoming, spring 2014).
- " ‘We’re Not the Mormons’: Alterity and Church History in the Community of Christ,” Fides et Historia 45, no. 1 (2013): 101-108.
- "Restorationist Studies: The Future of the New Mormon History," Journal of Mormon History, 35, no. 3 (2009): 200-204.
- "Eating Vegetables to Build Zion: RLDS Children in the 1920s." Journal of Mormon History, 35, no. 1 (2009): 1-22.
- "The Restoration Branches Movement: Bodily Boundaries and Bodily Crossings," in Scattering the Saints: Schism within Mormonism, eds. Newell G. Bringhurst and John C. Hamer, 315-330. Independence, Missouri: John Whitmer Books, 2007.
- "The Death and Resurrection of the RLDS Zion: A Case Study in 'Failed Prophecy,’ 1930-1970." Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, 40, no. 3 (2007): 112-131.
- "The Bruderhof's 'System of Objects': A Study in Material Culture and Christian Praxis." Communal Societies, 26, no. 2 (2006): 19-42.
- "Historians on Defining Hegemony in Missionary-Native Relations." Fides et Historia, 37, no. 1 (2005): 17-24.
- Twelve book reviews in journals such as Church History, Religious Studies Review, Journal of Mormon History, and Journal of Illinois History.
- Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Modern Christianity, Bowdoin College, 2011-2013
- Ballard and Seashore Dissertation Fellowship, the University of Iowa, 2009-2010
- Marcus Bach Dissertation Fellowship, the University of Iowa (declined)