• B.A., University of Kansas 1998
  • M.A., University of Kansas 2002
  • Ph.D., Indiana University 2010
Areas of Interest

Primary: American Religious History, New and Alternative Religious Movements in America, American Metaphysical Religions

Secondary: Theories and methods for the study of religion, religion and popular culture

Courses Taught

RELS 130: American Religious Communities
RELS 241: New Religious Movements
RELS 247: Native American Religions and Cultures
RELS 265: Religion and Science in American History
RELS 269: Religion, Race, Gender, and Class

  • “Corresponding to the Rational World: Scientific Language and Rationales in Christian Science and the Unity School of Christianity.” Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emerging Religions. Vol. 14, No. 4
  • “Eating for Unity: Vegetarianism in the Early Unity School of Christianity.” Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture. Vol. 9, No. 2, Spring 2009.
  • “Oahspe,” “The Seventh-day Adventists,” and “Urantia.”  Articles in Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices. J. Gordon Melton and Martin Baumann, eds.  Santa Barbara, CA:  ABC/CLIO, 2002.
  • “New Religious Movements: Nineteenth Century.” Encyclopedia of Religion in America. Charles Lippy and Peter Williams, eds., Christian Quarterly Press.
  • “The Amana Society” and “Jemima Wilkinson.” Encyclopedia of The American Counterculture. Gina Misiroglu, ed., M.E. Sharpe Publishers.
Professional Affiliations
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Organization of American Historians
  • American Society of Church History
  • Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences Louise McNutt Graduate Fellowship, 2008-2009
  • Indiana University Department of Religious Studies Dissertation Fellowship, 2007-2008
  • Future Faculty Teaching Fellow, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, 2006-2007
  • Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences Travel Award, Fall 2006
  • Chancellor’s Fellow, Indiana University-Bloomington, 2002-2006
  • Graduate Research Award, 2001, Department of Religious Studies, University of Kansas, “The Construction of Authority in Falun Gong.”