University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN Ph.D. History, 2009, Comprehensive Exam Fields: U.S. Intellectual History, European Intellectual History, American History before the Civil War, U.S. History after the Civil War Dissertation: “American Revelations: Biblical Interpretation and Criticism in America, circa 1700-1860” Advisor: James Turner
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, MA, M.A. Church History, 2000 Thesis: “James McCosh, the Positive Knowledge of God, and the Erosion of Christianity in the Nineteenth Century” Advisor: Garth Rosell
Yale University, New Haven, CT, B.A. History, 1995, Senior Essay: “Spirituality and the Sublime during the Romantic Era: An Examination of Thomas Carlyle and Friedrich Schleiermacher” Advisor: Mark Micale
Eastern University Faculty Development Grant. 2013 Eastern University Faculty Development Grant. 2012 Eastern University Faculty Development Grant. 2011
Friends of the Princeton University Library Research Fellowship. 2005. A competitive grant to support research in the Princeton University Archives.
Zahm Travel Grant, University of Notre Dame, 2005. A competitive, university-wide grant. Support for archival research in the Houghton Library at Harvard University, the Yale University Archives, Andover Newton Theological Seminary, and the American Antiquarian Society.
Minority Summer Fellowship. Summer, 2001. A competitive, university-wide fellowship to fund a summer of study at the University of Notre Dame.
DeWitt-Wallace Minority Fellowship. 1995-1997. A competitive fellowship to fund two years of teaching at a private boarding school. Funded my position as European and American history teacher at the Concord Academy, Concord, MA.
Awards & Honors
The Philip Gleason Prize. 2009. Awarded biennially by the history department of the University of Notre Dame for the best historical article by a graduate student published in a refereed journal. Awarded for “Higher Criticism and Higher Education at the University of Chicago.”
Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning “Striving for Excellence” Certificate. 2007. Certification awarded for attending a series of workshops designed to improve pedagogical skills in higher education.
“Religious Toleration and its Limits at Harvard, 1755-1800: Constructing an American Religion.” Christian Formation for Civic Participation: The Role of Religion in Anglo-American Educational Institutions from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Century. American Society of Church History Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. April 6, 2013.
“Narratives of Deism in Early America.” Religion and Secularization in the Nineteenth Century. Society of U.S. Intellectual History Conference. New York, NY. November 18, 2011.
“Joseph Stevens Buckminster and the Beginning of the End of the Textus Receptus in the United States.” The King James Bible and the Word It Made, 1611-2011. Baylor University. Waco, TX. April 8, 2011.
“The Qur’an, Natural Religion, and the Bible: The Uses of the Qur’an in Anti-Deist Rhetoric in Early America.” (Re)Interpreting the Bible in Early American Culture. Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting. Washington, DC. 10 April 2010.
“The Caribbean and North American Slavery.” The Caribbean in the Classroom: Intersections of Caribbean and Early American Studies. Society of Early Americanists 6th Biennial Conference. Hamilton, Bermuda. 5 March 2009.
“The Impact of Spinoza on American Theology: The Ironic Case of Andrews Norton.” Spinozism in Transatlantic Perspective. American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies 37th Annual Meeting. Montreal, Canada. 31 March 2006.
“Deism and Scottish Common Sense Philosophy in 18th Century Princeton.” Friends of the Princeton University Library. Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. 19 July 2005.
“The Interdisciplinary Mind of Andrews Norton: History and Theology in Discussion in Antebellum America.” Literature and History. Boundaries of Literature. Baylor University, Waco, TX. 1 April 2005.