Religion in America, Ethnic Studies, and the Environment.
I am a scholar in American Religions, with a focus on religion in the American West. I received my PhD at Duke University in May 2018 and will be the Ainsworth Visiting Scholar at Randolph College from 2018-2020. I am passionate about teaching and mentorship; am committed to fostering academic excellence, creative problem solving, and inclusivity; and strive to embolden students to fulfill their potential in and outside of the classroom.
I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and spent a number of years working in the Rocky Mountains before returning to academia. The rich history and spectacular landscapes of the American West have driven my research interests, which explore the way various religious actors understood and interacted with the natural world in American history.
My dissertation project examines the constructed nature of what it means to be American and how the lives and labor of those who did not fit the American mold produced and transformed the nineteenth-century western landscape to build worlds of their own making. My dissertation, "After Eden: Religion and Labor in the American West, 1868-1914," is composed of three case studies: a Roman Catholic community in Montana, the Northern Arapaho on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah. By looking to the voices often forgotten in religious history and marginalized in American history, my dissertation highlights the manifold ways in which racial, ethnic, and religious difference defined the living western landscape.
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