Religion in America, Ethnic Studies, and the Environment.
I am a scholar in American Religions, with a focus on Native American religious traditions, Roman Catholicism, and 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. During the 2018 spring semester, my evaluations were among the top 5% of all undergraduate instructors at Duke University. 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 West. The rich history and spectacular landscapes of the region have driven my research interests, which explore the way various religious actors understood and interacted with the natural world in American history. At Randolph, I designed and implemented a 12-credit experiential learning course in the American Studies Department exploring the Struggle for Native Lands in the American West.
My dissertation project examined the constructed nature of what it means to be American and how the lives and labor of those who did not fit the Anglo-American mold produced and transformed the nineteenth-century western landscape. 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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