I am a historian of American religious history and the nineteenth-century United States, with expertise in computational methods for texts and maps. I serve as an assistant professor in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where I teach courses on digital history, American religious history, the nineteenth-century United States, and the history of Christianity. I am also the director of computational history at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media.
My first book, The Chance of Salvation: A History of Conversion in America, was published by Harvard University Press in 2017. My research is currently focused on America’s Public Bible, a large-scale text analysis of the use of the Bible in American newspapers. A prototype of the project is available online, and it will be published as a digital monograph by Stanford University Press. With Kellen Funk, I am pursuing research into the computational analysis of law in the United States. Our first article was on the migration of codes of civil procedure, and we are currently investigating the changing discursive structures of the law as seen through legal treatises. With a team at RRCHNM I am working on projects called Mapping Early American Elections and Mapping American Religious Ecologies. With Stephen Robertson, I am the editor of Current Research in Digital History. I’ve written several R packages.
You can write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a student, you can make an office hours appointment here.
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