Academic Background


  • Harvard University – Cambridge, MA; Doctorate of Philosophy: History of American Civilization (November 2010)
  • University of Cambridge, Trinity Hall – Cambridge, United Kingdom (November 2002); MPhil: Politics, Democracy, and Education
  • Pennsylvania State University, Schreyer Honors College – University Park, PA (May 2001); B.A.: English and history majors

Fellowships, Grants, and Honors

  • NEH Summer Institute, “Problems in the Study of Religion” – University of Virginia (2014)
  • John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University – St. Louis, MO (November 2013) – Selected and funded to participate in a three-day seminar for early-career scholars in the field of American religion
  • Fellow and Resident Scholar – Brown College of the University of Virginia (2010-2011)
  • Jacob K. Javits Fellowship – full tuition and stipend grant from U.S. government (2003-2008)
  • Harvard Presidential Scholar Fellowship – full tuition and stipend, including finishing fellowship (2003-2009)
  • Lynn E. May, Jr., Research Grant from Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives (April 2008)
  • Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History Summer Research Grant, Harvard University (2007 and 2008)
  • History of American Civilization Summer Research Grant, Harvard University (2006-2008)
  • Harvard University Graduate Society Summer Fellowship (2007)
  • CUE Certificate of Teaching Excellence, Harvard University (2006)
  • Sarah Bradley Gamble Fellowship, Harvard University (2003-2004)
  • Cambridge Overseas Trust Bursary – merit-based tuition grant (2001)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (2000)
  • Whitaker Award – for best women’s history essay by an undergraduate at Penn State (2000)
  • Katey Lehman Award for Creative Writing at Penn State, Nonfiction category (2000)
  • Academic Excellence Scholarship – merit-based half-tuition scholarship to Penn State (1996-2000)


  • “‘Happily Unmarried’: Single Women in Evangelical Culture, 1945-1965,” chapter for Devotions and Desires: Histories of Religion and Sexuality in the Twentieth Century United States, Eds. Gillian Frank, Bethany Moreton, and Heather White, University of Pennsylvania Press (forthcoming)
  • These Teen-Agers Are Not Delinquent”: The Rhetoric of Maturity for Evangelical Young Adults, 1945-1965 
  • “Evangelical Protestantism,” Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today’s World, Eds. Mary Zeiss Stange and Carol K. Oyster, Sage Publications, 2011.


  • “‘You, Your Date, and God’: Dating Advice for Evangelical Teenagers” – American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting (San Francisco, November 2011)
  • “Happily Unmarried: Single Women and Rhetoric of Submission in Conservative Protestant Culture, 1945-1965” – American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting (Montreal, November 2009)
  • “Mixers and Molders: Theologically Conservative Protestants’ Advice to Mothers, 1945-1965” – Berkshire Conference of Women Historians (Minneapolis, June 2008)

Professional Training

  • Christenson Discussion Seminar, Derek Bok Center, Harvard University – Cambridge, MA (2007)
  • Graduate Writing Fellows Program Derek Bok Center, Harvard University – Cambridge, MA (2006)
  • Teaching Consultant Training, Derek Bok Center, Harvard University – Cambridge, MA (2006)
  • Columbia University Oral History Summer Seminar: “Women’s Narratives, Women’s Lives: Intersections of Gender and Memory” – New York, NY (2006)
  • Penn State Seminar in the Pedagogy of Expository Writing – University Park, PA (2002-2003)                 

Editorial Experience

  • Stories of Mothers Saved, White Ribbon Alliance, Project Editor – Washington D.C. (2010)
  • Topic Magazine, Senior Editor – New York, NY and Cambridge, UK (2002-2007)
  • May Anthologies, Member of Prose Editorial Staff – Cambridge, UK (2001-2002)         
  • Kalliope: A Student Literary Magazine of Penn State, Editor-in-Chief – University Park, PA (1997-2000)








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