In the fall of 2017, I joined the Department of Sociology at Yale University as a doctoral student.
My research blends cultural sociology and comparative-historical methods to study charisma, religion, and power, specifically interactions between charismatic Christian communities and political structures in society. My ongoing work is on the topic of charisma, and my current case studies on this topic examine religion in colonial Massachusetts and British North America, the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, and American tourists in Europe.
I earned a B.A. in History from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts in 2010, where I focused on classical literature, ancient religion, and medieval art and spiritual-political intersections. I presented my senior thesis, entitled "Hagia Sophia: Political and Religious Crossroads" at the biennial Conference on Faith and History at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon in 2010.
I then went on to earn a second B.A. in Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2016, where I graduated summa cum laude, with distinction. While at CU-Boulder, I was advised by Dr. Isaac Reed (now Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia), and worked as his research assistant. My honors thesis, "A Shared Revelation: Charismatic Communities and the Puritan Experiment in Early New England,” chaired by Dr. Isaac Reed, and co-advised by historian, Dr. Fred Anderson, won the Val & Helen Fischer Award for Outstanding Scholarship at CU (given to one graduating senior in economics, political science, anthropology, or sociology), and the Jen Hlavacek Award (presented by the Honors College for the best paper on matters of religion). I presented an early draft of this paper on a panel at the 2015 Social Science History Association annual meeting in Baltimore, MD.
Currently, I am a Junior Fellow at the Yale Center for Cultural Sociology, as well as a Junior Fellow for the Initiative on Religion, Politics, and Society at the Yale MacMillan Center. I also am a regular participant in the weekly workshop hosted by Yale Center for Comparative Research.
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO
Bachelor of Arts, 2016, Sociology Summa Cum Laude, With Distinction
Bachelor of Arts, 2010, History Cum Laude
I write about religion, travel, and culture.
Since 2007, I have been working as a freelance writer for small-town newspapers (like mine, the Longmont Times-Call), lifestyle publications (like Darling Magazine and Fellow Magazine), and now-defunct corners of the blogosphere.
Currently, I publish reflections on religion, travel, and culture on The Journal.
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Teaching in classrooms and tree branches since 2007.
This is the why behind what I do: to help people gain access to and cultivate the acknowledgement and resources they need to share their passions with others. I want to teach because I had great teachers.
After I complete my PhD, I plan to pursue a tenure-track professorship at a college or university that places teaching at the center of it's mission and faculty expectations.
If you are interested in booking me for a speaking engagement, please contact me using this form.
Teaching & Facilitation Experience
• Field Organizer, Bernie 2016 (Denver, CO) • Group Facilitator, La Vida Center for Outdoor Education (Wenham, MA) • Group & Ropes Course Facilitator, Camp Tilikum (Newberg, OR)