About

  • PhD, History, University of Cambridge (2014, expected)IMG_6777
  • 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 am a PhD student in history at the University of Cambridge with interests in the cultural, religious, 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 personal identities. In my PhD dissertation, written under the supervision of Michael O’Brien, I examine post-revolutionary Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina in attempt to explore early American conceptions of nationalism and citizenship during the decades following independence, specifically how these conceptions differed according to locality, race, and gender.

My first master’s thesis, written at the University of Edinburgh under the direction of Stewart Brown and Francis Cogliano, focused on the numerous responses to Thomas Paine’s deistic tract “Age of Reason” as a way to examine the creation of multiple and contrasting identities in the newly United States. With this project I explored the tensions between citizenship and belief, radicalism and orthodoxy, and the contested notion of “Otherness” when constructing a coherent identity. My second master’s thesis, written at Cambridge University and under the direction of Douglas Hedley and Michael O’Brien, reviewed the reception of German theology and philosophy in antebellum Boston as a way to engage tensions of exceptionalism and cosmopolitanism, empiricism and idealism, and the conception of democracy in nineteenth century America.

Other 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.

My condensed C.V. is found here.

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