• Ben, HT King HousePhD, History, University of Cambridge (2014)
  • MPhil, Political Thought and Intellectual History, University of Cambridge (2011)
  • MSc, Historical Theology, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh (2010)
  • BA, English and History, Brigham Young University (2009)

I received my PhD in American history from the University of Cambridge. My interests include the cultural, religious, political, and intellectual history of the eighteenth and nineteenth century Atlantic world, especially in the early American republic. My current research focuses on the intersections between local contexts, broader affiliations, and cultural identities. My book manuscript examines post-revolutionary Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina in attempt to explore early American conceptions of nationalism and citizenship during the five decades following independence.

Other research interests include cultural and religious identity politics during the early Republic and American antebellum period. I have written and presented on Benjamin Franklin, the Transcendentalist movement, early Mormon theology and ritual, and the controversial minister Theodore Parker’s challenge to traditional Christian boundaries, among other topics. Most of my scholarship focuses on the interactions between religious thought and cultural environment(s), as well as the relationship between Christian affiliation and American citizenship.

Starting Fall 2014, I will be the Kinder Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Missouri.

My condensed C.V. is found here.