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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

  • American Association of University Women | American Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2022-23
  • American Academy of Religion | Regional Development Grant for SOARIA (Scholars of American Religion in Iowa), with Cara Burnidge, Michael Graziano, and Jeffrey Wheatley (2020)
  • Iowa State University | Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities Summer Research Grant (2020), Liberal Arts and Sciences Research Grant (2020), Publication Subvention Award (2020), Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities Symposium Grant with PI Jeffrey Wheatley (2021)
  • 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 (2014)
  • U.S. Department of Education | FLAS <Foreign Language & Area Studies> Fellowship to study Quechua in Cuzco (2011)
  • Indiana University (2009-2013) | 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 (2007-2009) | 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 (2016)
  • Indiana University | Lieber Memorial Teaching Award (2013)

professional engagement

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