I am interested in the intersection of religion and politics, questions of national identity and citizenship, and the development of the American political tradition, broadly understood.
I am a Fellow at the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University, where I serve with David Tucker as a General Editor on the Core Document Collections and as co-director of the Center’s Religion in American History project. I am also an alumna of and instructor in the Master of Arts in American History and Government (MAHG) program housed in the Ashbrook Center.
My teaching and research focus on the intersection of religion and politics in American history, with an emphasis on questions of civic formation in sustaining political commitments. I am deeply interested in the use of material culture and visual culture as sources for understanding the development of American political thought. This is a reflection of my years in the field of public history where I have focused on helping students of all ages to see that objects and images can communicate as well as texts.
A native New Jerseyan, I am proud to have received my Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University.