I am a Lecturer in History and Literature at Harvard University. Trained in American, Latin American, and international history, I specialize in the transnational intersections of religion, race, sex, and politics. I earned my PhD in American History from UC Berkeley, and before coming to Hist & Lit, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in International Studies at Dartmouth College and a Postdoctoral Fellow in Global American Studies at Harvard. This year I am also a Research Affiliate at the Center for the Humanities at Tufts University.
I am presently revising the manuscript for my first book, The Missionary Majority: American Evangelicals and Power in a Postcolonial World, which shows how American evangelicals’ global missionary work shaped the conservative resurgence in American society in the mid- and late twentieth century. The project demonstrates how millions of globally engaged Americans took lessons from their international activism and applied them to political and cultural battles in the US. An article based on this research has been published in Diplomatic History, and the dissertation from which the book manuscript stems won the 2020 Obama Dissertation Prize in Transnational American Studies. Read more about my research.
I am a recipient of fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Henry Luce Foundation, the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, the Louisville Institute for the Study of American Religion, and the Dickey Center for International Understanding. In addition, my work has been supported with funding from numerous research centers and archives. Read more in my CV.
I have taught a variety of American history, Latin American history, and Ethnic Studies courses, and have won four teaching awards. Read more about my teaching.