I am a historian of the nineteenth- and twentieth-century United States, specializing in the intersection of religion and nationalism. I serve as the book review editor for H-SHGAPE (Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era), and I am a member of the faculty of The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology, the top-ranked public high school in Georgia and U.S. News & World Report's sixth-best high school in the United States. Outside of my research and teaching, I am also a three-time Jeopardy! champion.
I graduated in 2016 with a PhD in history from The Pennsylvania State University, where I was a member of the Department of History and the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center, and I completed my dissertation under the direction of Dr. Philip Jenkins and Dr. Amy S. Greenberg. My research interests are in Reconstruction and the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, anti-Catholicism and the Catholic response, Catholic-Protestant interactions, nationalism, lived religion, history and memory, imperialism, immigration and ethnicity, religion in the public sphere, convent narratives, the Civil War Era, religion and gender, the labor movement, and honor and violence in the Old South. I am currently at work on my first book manuscript, Making Catholic America: Religious Nationalism in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, and I am also putting together an edited volume, Transitioning to Social Studies Education, for the University Press of Kansas series, "Rethinking Careers, Rethinking Academia."