- The University of Texas at Austin
- Department of Religious Studies
- Austin, Texas 78712
- Associate Professor of Religious Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, Fall 2012 to present
- Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, The College of Wooster, Fall 2006 to Summer 2012
- Ph.D. American Religious History, May 2006
- Dissertation: “Christianity Imprisoned: Religion and the Making of the Penitentiary, 1797-1860.” Director: Grant Wacker; Committee: Thomas Tweed, Stanley Hauerwas, Philip Gura, and Julie Byrne
- Master of Theological Studies, magna cum laude, 1999
- Bachelor of Arts in Music, GPA 3.96, 1995
- The Furnace of Affliction: Prisons and Religion in Antebellum America, The University of North Carolina Press, 2011
- “Religion in Kiowa Ledgers: Expanding the Canon of American Religious Literature,” in American Literary History, special issue: American Literature/American Religion, January 2014
- “The Great Indian Pentecost: Providential Revisions and the Taking of the American West,” in Apocalypse and the Millennium: Providential Religion in the Era of the Civil War, Louisiana State University Press, forthcoming 2013 [Reprint of Church History article]
- “Engaging the Trope of Redemptive Suffering: Inmate Voices in the Antebellum Prison Debates,” Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies 79:2 (May 2012): 209-233.
- “A Mighty Upheaval on the Minnesota Frontier: Violence, War, and Death in Dakota and Missionary Christianity,” Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture 80:1 (March 2011): 76-108.
- “Social Reform,” 10,000-word anchor essay in The Encyclopedia of Religion in America, edited by Peter Williams and Charles Lippy, CQ Press, June 2010
- “When Friends Had the Management It Was Entirely Different”: Quakers and Calvinists in the Making of New York Prison Discipline, Quaker History 97:2 (Fall 2008): 19-40
- “Henry Purcell,” “Ira D. Sankey,” and “Church World Service,” Encyclopedia of Protestantism, ed. Hans Hillerbrand, Routledge Press, December 2003
- “Mennonites, Gender, and the Bible in the 1920s and 30s,” Conrad Grebel Review, Spring 2003
- Research Grant, Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, Brigham Young University (2011-2012)
- Luce Fund for Distinguished Scholarship Research Award, The College of Wooster (2011)
- Young Scholars in American Religion, Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (2009-2011)
- Luce Fund for Distinguished Scholarship Research Award, The College of Wooster (2009)
- Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Fellowship (2005)
- Anne Firor Scott Research Award, History Department, Duke University (2005)
- Duke University Summer Research Fellowship (2005)
- Day Dissertation Fellowship, Center for the Study of Philanthropy and Voluntarism, Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, Duke University (2004)
- Woodruff Fellow for Theology and Ministry, Candler School of Theology at Emory University (1996-1998)
- International Society of Theta Phi, Candler School of Theology at Emory University (1999)
- History of Religion in the United States
- Native American Religions
- Religion and Violence in the Americas
- American Religious Communities
- Native American Religions and Cultures
- Global Catholicism in America
- Junior Independent Study (Theories in Religious Studies)
- From Genesis to Dianetics: America’s Holy Books
- Asian Religions in America (co-taught)
- The European Reformations
- History of Christianity: Reformation to the Present
- “The Indians Have No West Point: Missionaries to the Lakota and the Meanings of Frontier Violence,” American Society of Church History meeting, Chicago, January 2012
- “Between Two Worlds: Kiowa Ledger Art and Cultural Catastrophe,” American Academy of Religion meeting, San Fransisco, November 2011
- “‘You Shall Live, You Shall Live’: Religious Transformation and the Massacre at Wounded Knee,” Bloody Days: Massacres in Comparative Perspective conference, McNeil Center for Early American History, Philadelphia, June 2011
- “War and the Interpretation of Sacred Narratives,” American Historical Association meeting, Boston, January 2011.
- “The Question of Suffering: Debating Religion in the American Prison,” American Historical Association meeting, Boston, January 2011.
- “The Great Indian Pentecost: Providential Revisions, Indian Evangelization, and the Taking of the American West,” Millennialism and Providentialism in the Era of the American Civil War, Rice University, Houston, Texas, October 2010.
- “To Improve the Soul or Betray the Nation’s Faith?: Inmate Reponses to Prison Theologies of Redemptive Suffering,” Society of Historians of the Early American Republic meeting, Rochester, New York, July 2010.
- “Performance at the Gallows: Power, Loss, and Dakota Christianity,” American Society of Church History annual meeting, San Diego, January 2010.
- “Memorials on the Move: Theorizing the Mankato 38 + 2,” American Academy of Religion meeting, Montreal, November 2009.
- “The Furnace of Affliction: The Quest for Suffering Without Violence in Early American Prisons,” Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture’s Religion and Violence in Early America conference, Yale University, April 2008.
- “Reconsidering the Nation’s Altars: Harry Stout’s Upon the Altar of the Nation,” American Society of Church History meeting, Washington, DC, January 2008.
- “Philadelphia and Beyond: The Fate of Quaker Prison Ideas in the New Republic,” American Society of Church History meeting, Philadelphia, January 2006.
- “What’s So Radical About Trans-Atlantic Radical Protestantism?” American Society of Church History meeting, Savannah, GA, April 2005.
- “Discipline, Not Punish: American Christians and the Penitentiary,” Southeastern Commission on the Study of Religion meeting, Winston-Salem, March 2005.
- “Maud Ballington Booth: The Little Mother and Her Boys in Prison,” American Society of Church History meeting, Washington, DC, January 2004.
- “Pax Christi, Pacifism, and the New Catholic Landscape of Richmond, Virginia,” American Academy of Religion meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, November 2003.
- “Vincent Harding and the New Civil Rights Historiography,” American Academy of Religion meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, November 2003.
- “Who Sins? Who Suffers? Religion in the Making of America’s First Prisons,” Faculty Research Luncheon, The College of Wooster, February 2008.
- “Citizen-Saints and Criminal-Sinners: Religion in the Making of America’s First Prisons,” Religious Studies Program, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, VA, April 2006.
- “Religion and the Antebellum Prison,” Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, VA, April 2006
- “Fires of Reform: Movements in Antebellum America,” Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA, November 2005.
- “The Rise of the Religious Right,” Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA, November 2005.
- “The ‘Free’ Churches in the Twentieth Century,” Duke Divinity School, Durham, NC, October 2004
- “Antebellum African American Religious Traditions,” Duke Divinity School, Durham, NC, February 2003
- Faith in the Fight: Religion and the American Soldier in the Great War by Jonathan H. Ebel – Religious Studies Review, forthcoming.
- Setting Down the Sacred Past: African American Race Histories by Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp – Religious Studies Review, forthcoming.
- Good Punishment?: Christian Moral Practice and U.S. Imprisonment by James Samuel Logan – Mennonite Quarterly Review 84:1 (January 2010): 171-173.
- Prison Religion: Faith-Based Reform and the Constitution by Winnifred Fallers Sullivan – International Review of Modern Sociology 35:2 (Autumn 2009): 346-348.
- Mennonites, Amish, and the American Civil War by James O. Lehman and Steven M. Nolt – Mennonite Quarterly Review 83:1 (January 2009): 166-169.
- Prophets of the Great Spirit: Native American Revitalization Movements in Eastern North America by Alfred A. Cave – Religious Studies Review 34:2 (June 2008): 120.
- A Seat at the Table: Huston Smith in Conversation with Native Americans on Religious Freedom by Phil Cousineau – Religious Studies Review 34:2 (June 2008): 120-21.
- Orestes Brownson and the Problem of Revelation: The Protestant Years by Arie J. Griffioen in Journal of Ecclesiastical History 56:2 (April 2005): 403-404.
- Editorial board, Fides et Historia (2010-2012)
- Outsider reader, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
- Committee Service at the College of Wooster: Financial Advisory (2010-11), Academic Standards (2008-09), Cultural Events (2007-08), Forum 2008 (2007), Azimuth (2006-09), South Asian Religions position search (2008-09), Sustainable Food (2008-09)
- Academic blog contributor, Imagined Prisons (www.imaginedprisons.org), History News Network (www.hnn.us)
- Member of the American Academy of Religion, American Society of Church History, American Historical Association
Duke University, Graduate Program in Religion, Durham, NC
Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Goshen College, Goshen, IN
Manuscript in Progress
“The Red Land: Violence and Empire in Indian and American Religions”
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Updated: March 2013