2010-              Asbury University

Associate Professor of History

Courses taught: “U.S. History I, to 1877”; “U.S. History II, 1877 to Present”; “Western Civilization I”; “Western Civilization II”; “The Study of History: Methods and Historiography”; “War in the American Memory”; “The U.S. in the 1960s”; “Non-Western Cultures”; “Liberal Arts Seminar”

2008-2010     University of Notre Dame

Edwin Sorin Postdoctoral Fellowship

Research mentor: Mark Noll; Teaching mentor: Brad Gregory

Courses taught: “U.S. History I, to 1877”; “U.S. History II, 1877 to Present”; “The U.S. in the 1960s”; “American Religious History”


2002- 2008    University of Notre Dame

M.A. (2005); Ph.D. (2008) in American history

Dissertation: “Left Behind: The Evangelical Left and the Limits of Evangelical Politics, 1965-1985”; Advisor: George Marsden

Exam fields: 19th and 20th Century America (John McGreevy); 20th Century Political (Thomas Blantz); American Religious (George Marsden); World Religions and Violence (R. Scott Appleby)

1996-1999     Wheaton College (Ill.)

M.A. in history (1999)

Editor-in-Chief, Wheaton Record: Oversaw editorial and business operations at a college newspaper with a circulation of over 3,000; managed staff of 50 students


From the Ends of the Earth: Evangelical Internationalism in the American Century (contract with Oxford University Press, anticipated 2019)

Moral Minority: The Evangelical Left in an Age of Conservatism (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012).

Reviewed in the New York Times, Journal of American History, Huffington Post, Journal of Church & State, Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Christian Century, and others

Runner-up for the Frank and Elizabeth Brewer Prize, American Society of Church History (2012)


“Global Encounters and the Evangelical Left,” in The Religious Left in Modern America: Doorkeepers of a Radical Faith (forthcoming with Palgrave Macmillan)

“Anabaptists, Evangelicals, and the Search for a Third Way in Post-War America,” Brethren in Christ History and Life 37, No. 2 (August 2014): 161-180.

“The Evangelical Left,” 442-67, in Kurt W. Peterson, Thomas S. Kidd and Darren Dochuk, , American Evangelicalism: George Marsden and the Shape of American Religious History (Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 2014).

“Global Reflex: International Evangelicals, Human Rights, and the New Shape of American Social Engagement,” 221-41, in Brian Steensland and Philip Goff, eds., The New Evangelical Social Engagement (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013).

“The Evangelical Left and the Move from Personal to Corporate Responsibility,” 264-88, in Axel Schaffer, ed., American Evangelicalism and the 1960s (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2013).

“Embodying the Global Soul: Internationalism and the American Evangelical Left,” Religions 3, No. 4 (September 2012): 887-901.

“Evangelicalism Re-Baptized: Anabaptists and the Evangelical Left,” 262-291, in Jared Burkholder and David Cramer, eds., The Activist Impulse: Exploring the Intersection of Anabaptism and Evangelicalism (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2012).

“What the Evangelical Left Can Tell Us about the Future of Social Conservatism,” Society 49, No. 1 (January-February 2012): 54-60.

“Identity Politics and the Fragmenting of the 1970s Evangelical Left,” Religion and American Culture 21, No. 1 (Winter 2011): 81-120.

“A Third Way: The Politics of Spiritual Community in Evangelicalism,” Communal Societies 30, No. 1 (Spring 2010).

“The New Left and Evangelical Radicalism,” Journal for the Study of Radicalism 3, No. 2 (Fall 2009), 51-79.

“Woman, Thou Art Almost Loosed!: The Rise of Women Ministers in the Nineteenth-Century Mennonite Brethren in Christ Church,” Wesleyan Theological Journal 41, No. 2 (Fall 2006): 112-141.

“’Mista Midnights’: Mennonites and Race in Mississippi,” Mennonite Quarterly Review 78, No. 4 (October 2004): 469-502.


“Miracle in Almolonga: Supernaturalism and the Re-Enchantment of the West,” Organization of American Historians, New Orleans, La. (April 9, 2017)

“Trends in the Evangelical Antitrafficking Movement in Thailand,” United Nations Development Programme, Bangkok, Thailand (February 27, 2017)

Peter Wagner, Global Encounters, and the Re-Enchantment of the West,” Conference on Faith and History, Virginia Beach, Va. (October 21, 2016)

“Visions of Transformation: Evangelical Community Development in Guatemala and the Philippines,” Asbury Theological Seminary (April 27, 2016)

“Evangelical Mission and the Path of Civil Rights Nonviolence from Gandhi to King,” Organization of American Historians, Providence, Rhode Island (April 7, 2016)

“Bob Pierce, Pastor Han, and the Origins of World Vision,” Goshen College (March 16, 2016)

“Jimmy Yen, World Vision, and Evangelical Transnationalism,” Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Newport Beach, California (October 23, 2015)

“Sat Tal Ashram and the Transnational Civil Rights Movement,” Communal Studies Association, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Kentucky (October 2, 2015)

“Christ of the American Road: E. Stanley Jones, India, and Civil Rights,” Roosevelt Study Center, Middelburg, Netherlands (July 13, 2015)

“The Untold Korea Story: Pastor Han and the Origins of World Vision,” Spring Arbor University (April 29, 2015)

“Moral Minorities in Christian America, 1850-1970,” Panel respondent at Conference on Faith and History, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California (September 27, 2014)

“E. Stanley Jones and the Power of Cross-Cultural Exchange,” Kangnam University, Seoul, South Korea (May 16, 2014)

“Cold War and Caste: E. Stanley Jones and the American Civil Rights Movement,” Centre for Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies, University of Southampton, United Kingdom (April 24, 2014)

“E. Stanley Jones, Civil Rights, and the Global Reflex,” Organization of American Historians, Atlanta, Georgia (April 10, 2014)

“Anabaptists, Evangelicals, and the Search for a Third Way in Postwar America,” Schrag Lectures, Messiah College (March 6, 2014)

Respondent for “The Evangelical Left: Retrospect and Prospect: A Review Session of Moral Minority: The Evangelical Left in an Age of Conservatism by David Swartz,” Evangelical Theological Society, Baltimore, Md. (November 20, 2013)

“The Evangelical Left: Oxymoron or Opportunity?” David L. Franz Annual Lecture, Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts (October 3, 2013)

“Evangelicals for Social Action’s Legacy as a Moral Minority,” Follow.Jesus.2013 Conference, Eastern University (July 13, 2013)

“Left Behind: Why the Evangelical Left Fizzled” and “Moral Minority: The Continuing Promise of the Evangelical Left,” Willson-Gross Lectures, Union College, Barbourville, Kentucky (April 10-11, 2013)

“People of Peace in a Violent World,” Mennonite Conference, Goshen, Indiana (August 3, 2012)

“Global Reflex: International Evangelicals, Human Rights, and the New Shape of American Social Engagement,” Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (May 18, 2012)

“More with Less: What a Cookbook Can Tell Us about Religious Culture in the 1970s,” Asbury University (March 8, 2012)

“What the History of the Evangelical Left Can Tell Us about the Future of Social Conservatism,” Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, Cal. (May 20, 2011)

“The Evangelical Left and the Move from Personal to Corporate Responsibility,” Colloquium on “New Perspectives on American Evangelicalism in the 1960s: Revisiting the “Backlash,” Keele University, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom (April 16-19, 2011)

“The Third Way: The Politics of Spiritual Community in the Evangelical Left,” Communal Studies Association National Conference, Aurora, Oregon (October 2009)

“The Chicago Declaration, the Evangelical Left, and the Limits of Evangelical Politics,” American Studies Association National Conference, Religion Caucus, Albuquerque, New Mexico (October 2008)

Response to Theron Schlabach, “Mennonites, Amish, and Related Groups in North America,” Mennonite Historical Library Centennial Conference, Goshen, Ind. (May 2006)


Anxious Bench blog, hosted by Patheos: (2013 – )

Moral Minority blog: (2012 – )

Review of John Sharp, My Calling to Fulfill: The Orie O. Miller Story in Mennonite Quarterly Review (2016)

Review of Randall Balmer, Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter in The American Historical Review (2015)

Review of Molly Worthen, Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism in Marginalia (2015)

Response to Seth Perry’s “The Bible in America, America in the Bible,” Religion and Culture Web Forum, University of Chicago Divinity School (July-August 2014)

Review of Sean Michael Winters, God’s Right Hand: How Jerry Falwell Made God a Republican and Baptized the American Right, in Journal of Southern Religion, Volume 14 (2012)

Guest posts at “Immanent Frame,” “History News Network,” “Religion in American History,” and “The Hermeneutic Circle” blogs; MSNBC television appearance; and podcasts related to Moral Minority publicity (Fall 2012)

Newspaper interviews with Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Boston Globe, Lexington Herald-Leader, Religious News Service, and others

“Mark O. Hatfield and the Politics of an Earlier Era,” Religion Dispatches website (August 11, 2011)

Review of Ron Sider, I Am Not a Social Activist, in Mennonite Quarterly Review (January 2010)

Review essay entitled “A New Day Dawning?” of Peter Heltzel, Jesus and Justice: Evangelicals, Race, and American Politics, in Books & Culture 15, No. 5 (September-October 2009), 28-30

Review essay entitled “Leveling the Playing Field” of Amy Sullivan, The Party Faithful: How and Why Democrats Are Closing the God Gap, in Books & Culture online (October 2008)

“Future Directions in North American Scholarship” in Mennonite Quarterly Review 81, No. 1 (January 2007): 69-75

Review of Walter Sawatsky, History and Ideology in Conrad Grebel Review 25, No. 2 (Spring 2007): 91-93


Jack Shand Research Award, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, “Evangelical Transnationalism and the Campaign for Human Rights in Chiang Mai, Thailand,” 2016 ($4,000 award)

Frances White Ewbank Excellence in Teaching Award, Asbury University, 2015 ($1,000 award)

Runner-up for the Frank and Elizabeth Brewer Prize, American Society of Church History, 2012

Lilly Postdoctoral Fellowship at Valparaiso University, 2010 (declined)

John Highbarger Memorial Dissertation Award, University of Notre Dame , 2008-9 ($250 award)

Donald Durnbaugh Starting Scholar Award, Communal Studies Association, 2009

Best graduate student paper, Center for Communal Studies, University of Southern Indiana, 2009 ($500 award)


Manuscript reviewer for Oxford University Press (2012, 2015); University of Pennsylvania Press (2016); Religions (2014-15); Register of the Kentucky Historical Society (2014); Religion and American Culture (2013)

Founder and faculty sponsor of Plowshares, a student and Central Kentucky-area organization interested in issues of peace and reconciliation (2011- )

Judge for the Undergraduate Paper Competition for the Center for Communal Studies at the University of Southern Indiana (2010- ); Student Research Awards Committee, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (2016- ); Communal Studies Association Book Prize Committee (2015)

Liberal Arts Committee (2015- ); Faculty Development Committee (2011-14, 2016- ); Intercultural Research Assessment and Development Committee (2016-17); Diversity Theological Statement Committee (2016-17); Fulbright Fellowship Campus Committee (2016); Teacher Education Committee (2012-15); Wesleyan Heritage Conference Planning Committee (2012, 2014)

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