SHSUAssistant Professor of History, Sam Houston State University, 2016-



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Postdoctoral Fellow, Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy, University of Missouri, 2014-2016





PhD, History, University of Cambridge, 2014

  • Dissertation: “Localized Nationalisms in Post-Revolutionary America”
  • Adviser: Michael O’Brien
  • College: Hughes Hall

MPhil, Political Thought and Intellectual History, University of Cambridge, 2011

  • Thesis: “German Philosophy, ‘American’ Thought, and Defining Democracy in Antebellum Boston” (received distinction)
  • Adviser: Douglas Hedley, Michael O’Brien
  • College: Hughes Hall

MSc, Theology in History, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh, 2010 (with distinction)

  • Thesis: “Contesting Reason, Constricting Boundaries: Thomas Paine’s Age of Reason and the Formation of American Identities in the 1790s”
  • Adviser: Stewart J. Brown, Francis D. Cogliano

BA, English and History, Brigham Young University, 2009


Teaching Experience

Assistant Professor of History, Sam Houston State University, 2016-

  • HIST 1301: United States History to 1876
  • HIST 3360: American Religious History
  • HIST 5378: American Cultural and Religious History (Grad Seminar)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History, University of Missouri, 2014-2016

  • HIST 1100: United States History to The Civil War (survey class; 320 students)
  • HIST 4000: The Age of Jefferson (seminar; 35 students)
  • HIST 4972: Religion and Politics in American History (capstone; 15 students)
  • HIST 4004: 18th Century Revolutions: America, France, Haiti (seminar; 35 students)

Lecturer and Supervisor, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge, 2012-2014

  • Paper 22: American History through 1865 (one-on-one supervisions)
  • Historical Arguments and Practice: Race (seminar; 15 students)

Academic Service

  • Program Chair, Mormon History Association Annual Conference, Snowbird, UT, 2016.
  • Associate Editor, Mormon Studies Review, 2013-.
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Mormon History, 2012-2015.
  • Founder and Editor, The Junto: A Group Blog on Early American History, 2012-.
  • Co-Founder and Co-Editor, Peculiar People: A Bi-Weekly Column on Religion and Public Life (Patheos-sponsored column), 2012-2015.
  • Editorial Board, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, 2011-2012.
  • Co-Founder and Contributing Editor, Juvenile Instructor: A Mormon History Blog, 2007-.

Manuscript Referee: Oxford University Press; State University of New York Press; Brigham Young University Press.

Journal Referee: American Political Thought; ERAS; Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature; Journal of Mormon History; Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon ThoughtBYU Studies Quarterly.

Public Service

  • “Mormonism and the American Political Tradition,” Monthly Public Seminar sponsored by the Kinder Forum on Constitutional Democracy, Columbia, MO, 2015-2016.
  • “Old Town/New Country: The First Years of a New Nation,” Public Workshop with the Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, MA. (Funded by Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts), 2013.

Professional Organizations

  • American Historical Association
  • Organization of American Historians
  • Omohundro Institute of American History and Culture
  • Society for Historians of the Early Republic
  • Society for United States Intellectual History
  • American Academy of Religion
  • American Society of Church History
  • Mormon History Association

Language Skills

  • French: proficient speaking and reading
  • German: proficient reading
  • Spanish: moderate reading

Available upon request.