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current position

  • Assistant Professor of American Religions, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Iowa State University, 2019-present

previous employment

  • Luce Postdoctoral Fellow in Religion, Politics, and Global Affairs and Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Northwestern University, 2016-2019
  • Lecturer, Department of Religious Studies, University of Tennessee, August 2014-2016
  • Associate Instructor, Department of Religious Studies, Indiana University, 2009-2012


  • Professional Certificate, Museum Studies, Northwestern University, 2018
  • PhD, Religion in the Americas + American Studies minor, Indiana University, 2015
  • MA, Religious Studies + American Indian & Native Studies certificate, University of Iowa, 2009
  • BA, Religious Studies & English/Creative Writing, University of Kansas, 2007

honors, grants, & fellowships

  • Iowa State University: Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities Summer Research Grant (2020), Liberal Arts and Sciences Research Grant (2020)
  • Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture: 2018-19 Young Scholar in American Religion (YSAR)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities: NEH Summer Scholar, Museums: Humanities in the Public Sphere, Georgetown University (2019); NEH Summer Scholar, Problems in the Study of Religion, University of Virginia, (2014)
  • American Philosophical Society: Phillips Fund for Native American Research
  • U.S. Department of Education: FLAS <Foreign Language & Area Studies> Fellowship
  • Indiana University: Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Native American & Indigenous Studies Fellowship, Won-Joon Yoon Award for diversity & tolerance, College of Arts & Sciences Travel Award, Center for the Study of Race & Ethnicity in Society Travel Award, College Arts & Humanities Institute Travel Award, Indiana Graduate Student & Professional Organization Travel Award, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies Summer Field Research Grant, Religious Studies Department paper prize
  • University of Iowa:  University of Iowa Executive Council of Graduate and Professional Students research grant & travel grant

teaching awards

  • University of Tennessee: F. Stanley Lusby and John O. Hodges Teaching Award, Department of Religious Studies
  • Indiana University: Lieber Memorial Teaching Award

professional engagement

2018-19 Young Scholars in American Religion (YSAR) Cohort