I am a PhD candidate in the history department at Brandeis University and a historian of religion in early America and the nineteenth century. In the fall I will be an assistant professor in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University. You can write to me at
On this site I write an academic blog about history, religion, and digital humanities, and I’m also a regular contributor at at Religion in American History and ProfHacker. Here is a list of all of my posts, and these are the most recent:
My dissertation, The Varieties of Religious Conversion: The Origins of Religious Choice in the United States, is a history of conversion between religions in the nineteenth-century United States. The publications page lists my publications and talks and provides the full text if possible.
My research is made public in databases and other digital projects. Along with Erin Bartram, I’ve created the American Converts Database, and I’m in the very beginning stages of a project on the historical demographics of American religion. On the side I’m writing a series of posts on Analyzing Historical History Dissertations.
Much of my research is augmented by coding projects or expressed in code. These projects are listed on the research page. Most recently I’ve been working with on the gender package for R, which infers gender based on first names and a range of years, along with a few Omeka plugins and an Omeka API client written in Ruby.
I teach classes on American religious history, the nineteenth century, and digital humanities.