Curriculum Vitae

Employment

Associate Professor of History, 2024–present

California State University San Marcos

Assistant Professor of History, 20192024

California State University San Marcos

Education

University of Notre Dame, 2015–2019

Ph.D., History

Yale Divinity School, 2008–2011

M.A., Religion

LCC International University, 2004–2008

B.A., Theology

Publications

Book

Disgraced: How Sex Scandals Transformed American Protestantism (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

Refereed Journal Articles

"Queer Rumors: Protestant Ministers, Unnatural Deeds, and Church Censure in the Twentieth-Century United States," Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation 31, no. 1 (2021): 132.

"The Itinerant Passions of Protestant Pastors: Ministerial Elopement Scandals in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era Press," Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 19, no. 1 (2020): 7795.

"Paths of Duty: Religion, Marriage, and the Press in a Transatlantic Scandal, 18351858," Journal of American Studies 53, no. 3 (2019): 636662.

Co-authored Refereed Journal Articles

with Rachel Bohlmann, "Networks of Piety and Slavery among Late Eighteenth-Century Rural Maryland Catholics," Current Research in Digital History 2 (2019).

with Baptiste Barbot, Sascha Hein, Jodi Reich, Philip Thuma, Elena L. Grigorenko, "Identifying Learning Profiles of Children at Risk for Specific Reading Disability," Developmental Science 19, no. 3 (2016): 402418.

with Jodi Reich, Sascha Hein, Lesley Hart, Nina Gumkowski, Elena L. Grigorenko, "Associations Between Household Responsibilities and Academic Competencies in the Context of Education Accessibility in Zambia," Learning and Individual Differences 27 (October 2013): 250257.

with Elena L. Grigorenko, Aleksandr N. Kornev, Natalia Rakhlin, "Reading-Related Skills, Reading Achievement, and Inattention: A Correlational Study,"  Journal of Cognitive Education and Psychology 10, no. 2 (November 2011): 140156.

Invited Essays

"Searching for the Quotidian in TV’s Latest Mormon Moment," Mormon Studies Review 11 (2024): 5464.

"Crisis and Faith: Urban Religion in the Twentieth-Century United States," Journal of Urban History 50, no. 3 (2024): 714–719.

Book Chapters

"Sexuality," in The Routledge History of Evangelical Christianity in America, eds. Darren Dochuk and Ian Van Dyke (Taylor & Francis, forthcoming).

"Sex and Sexuality," in The Oxford Handbook of Christian Fundamentalism, eds. Andrew Atherstone and David Ceri Jones (Oxford University Press, 2023).

"The Crimes of Preachers: Religion, Scandal, and the Trouble with Digitized Archives," in Digitised Newspapers – A New Eldorado for Historians? Tools, Methodology, Epistemology, and the Changing Practices of Writing History in the Context of Historical Newspapers Mass Digitization, eds.Estelle Bunout, Maud Ehrmann and Frédéric Clavert (De Gruyter, 2022).​

Book Reviews

Rodney Hessinger, Smitten: Sex, Gender, and the Contest for Souls in the Second Great Awakening (Cornell University Press, 2022) in History: Reviews of New Books 51, no. 4 (2023): 125-126.

Arlin C. Migliazzo, Mother of Modern Evangelicalism: The Life and Legacy of Henrietta Mears (William B. Eerdmans, 2020) in History: Reviews of New Books 49, no. 2 (2021): 38-39.

Marian E. Lindberg, Scandal on Plum Island: A Commander Becomes the Accused (East End Press, 2020) in The Annals of Iowa 80, no. 1 (Winter 2021): 81-82.

​Gillian Frank, Bethany Moreton, and Heather R. White, eds., Devotions and Desires: Histories of Sexuality and Religion in the Twentieth-Century United States (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, 2018) in The Journal of the History of Sexuality 29, no. 2 (May 2020): 285-288.

John Wigger, PTL: The Rise and Fall of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's Evangelical Empire (Oxford University Press, 2017) in Reading Religion (October 26, 2017).

Heath Carter and Laura Porter, eds., Turning Points in the History of American Evangelicalism (Eerdmans, 2017) in American Catholic Studies Newsletter (Fall 2017).

Kathleen T. Talvacchia, Michael F. Pettinger, and Mark Larrimore, eds., Queer Christianities: Lived Religion in Transgressive Forms (New York University Press, 2015) in Reading Religion (May 20, 2016).

Digital & Public History

Scholarly Contributions

The Palace of Thundering Gods (contributor; forthcoming).

Politics of Gender, Pronouns, and Public Education (webinar panelist).

The American Yawp: A Massively Collaborative Open U.S. Textbook (contributor).

Catholic Enslavers in the Early Republic (co-creator with Rachel Bohlmann).

Mapping Ministerial Elopements in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (creator).

The American Converts Database (contributor).

Women and Social Movements in the U.S.  (contributor).

Online Publications

"Review: Coming Out Republican, A History of the Gay Right," Religion in United States History (May 6, 2024).

with Andrew Flores, Kelsy Burke, and Joanna Wuest, "LGBT Adults Remain Hopeful for the Future of LGBT People in the US," 3Streams (April 30, 2024).

​"Mainline Protestant Clergy’s Support for LGBTQ+ Rights Has Grown," PRRI Spotlight (December 21, 2023).

with Andrew Flores, Kelsy Burke, and Tyler Lefevor, "Comparing Views of LGBT Adults to Those of the General Public," PRRI Spotlight (September 15, 2023).

with Kelsy Burke, Andrew Flores, and Tyler Lefevor, "LGBTQ+ Americans Are More Religious Than Our Supreme Court Battles Let on," Religion News Service (July 7, 2023).

"Perceptions of Anti-Transgender Discrimination Amid the Deluge of Anti-Transgender Legislation," PRRI Spotlight (March 3, 2023).

"Bad Preachers' Wives," Religion & Politics (January 10, 2023).

"The Diminishing Importance of Personal Morality in Politics, 20112020," PRRI Spotlight (November 21, 2022).

"A History of Sex Abuse in the Protestant Imagination," The Revealer (March 2, 2020).

"Jennifer Knapp and Me: Coming out While Evangelical," Religion Dispatches (June 23, 2017).

"Unholy Sundays," Luther Seminary Center for Stewardship Leaders (September 2, 2016).

"'Jesus, Don’t Let Me Die Before I’ve Had Sex': A New Documentary," Religion in American History (April 16, 2016).

Podcast Appearances

"Interview with Religion and Sexuality Expert Suzanna Krivulskaya," Friendly Atheist Podcast (2023).

"I May Look Like a Tired Teenage Boy, but Trust Me: I’m an Aging Gay Man Inside," Historians on Housewives (2022).

"Protestant Sex Scandals," The Classical Ideas Podcast (2021).

"There Won't Be Trumpets - Anyone Can Whistle," Putting It Together: The Music of Stephen Sondheim (2019).

"Ministerial Sex Scandal," Ten Minute History (2019).

Media Mentions

Paul Sisson, "San Diego Nazarene Pastor Fired for Same-sex Marriage Stance," San Diego Union-Tribune (August 18, 2023).

Audrey Clare Farley, "The Post-Trump Crack-Up of the Evangelical Community," The New Republic (March 16, 2021).

Kate Shellnutt, "Jerry Falwell Jr. Finally Resigns from Liberty Amid Sex Scandal," Christianity Today (August 25, 2020).

Professional Presentations

Organized Panels

"The State of Academic Freedom," Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA (March 30–April 2, 2023).

"Difficult Females: The Women Who Brought Down Powerful Men Before #MeToo," Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, rescheduled from 2020 due to COVID-19 (April 1518, 2021).

"Evangelical Loyalties Reconsidered: A Roundtable on Sex, Power, and the Media in the Study of American Evangelicalism," American Historical Association Annual Meeting, New York, NY (January 36, 2020).​

"Romance, Reverends, and Renegades: Scandal as Gilded Age History," Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting (April 1214, 2018).

Invited Workshops

Rocky Mountain American Religion Seminar, held virtually due to COVID-19 (July 29, 2021).

Conference Roundtables

“The Dust of Digital Archives: The Promises of Digital History and the Realities of Fragmentary Evidence,” Newberry Library Symposium “The Archive: Theory, Form, Practice,” Chicago, IL (May 5–6, 2022).​​

“Christian Fundamentalist Responses to Sexual Revolutions,” Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, held virtually due to COVID-19 (April 15–18, 2021).

Conference Papers

"The Trouble with Childhood: Some Methodological Considerations for the Study of Age and Protestant Sex Abuse in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era,” Religion & Sexual Abuse Project Conference, Riverside, CA (March 45, 2022).

"'The Sin of Lewdness': How the New York Female Benevolent Society Brought down a Fellow Moral Crusader," Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, rescheduled from 2020 due to COVID-19 (April 1518, 2021).

​“Sex Talk: How U.S. Fundamentalists Went from Avoiding to Addressing a Touchy Subject,” Society for U.S. Intellectual History Annual Meeting, held virtually due to COVID-19 (March 1, 2021).​

“’She Is Not Pretty and He Is Forty-Five Years Old’: The Problem of Age in Pastoral Sex Scandals of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era,” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, canceled due to COVID-19 (2021).

​"The Crimes of Preachers: Religion, Scandal, and the Trouble with Digitized Archives," Digitised Newspapers: A New Eldorado for Historians?, held virtually due to COVID-19 (April 2223, 2020).

​"Straightwashing Protestant Sex Scandals: The Tentative Queerness of Billy James Hargis, Jim Bakker, and Ted Haggard," American Society of Church History, New York, NY (January 36, 2020).

"Queer Rumors: Protestants Pastors, 'Unnatural' Deeds, and Church Censure in Early Twentieth-Century United States," Queer History Conference, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA (June 1618, 2019).

"Visualizing Late Eighteenth-Century Maryland Catholic Slaveholding Using R Shiny," Current Research in Digital History, George Mason University, Arlington, VA (March 9, 2019).

"Hypocrisy, Piety, and the In-Between: Evangelical Sex Scandals in the Late Twentieth Century," American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL (January 36, 2019).

"Mapping Ministerial Elopers: Using GIS and R Shiny to Track Runaway Protestant Pastors, 1870-1914," GIS Day Lightning Talk, Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship, Hesburgh Library, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN (November 12, 2018).

​“Reverends on the Run: Ministerial Elopement Scandals in the Gilded Age Press,” Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Sacramento, CA (April 12–14, 2018).

“’A Pervert Converted’: Religion and Marriage in a Nineteenth-Century Scandal,” Ways of Knowing Conference, Harvard Divinity School, Boston, MA (October 2224, 2015).

“’An Uncertain Priest’ and His Wife: Anti-Catholicism and Coverture in a Nineteenth-Century Scandal,”  Heidelberg Conference, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN (September 2829, 2015).

“’There Should Be No Discrimination’: Race and Religion in Midcentury St. Louis,” Graduate History Association Conference, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO (October 1011, 2014).

“’Love Cannot Find Them’: Disappearing Ministers and Sensational Scandals in Late Nineteenth-Century America,” Religion And Sexual Revolutions Conference, John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO (May 9, 2014).

“From Psychopathy to Asylum: Homosexuality and Immigration, 1975–1990,” Queertopia Conference, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (May 24, 2014).

“’With All Deliberate Speed’: Progressives, Conservatives, and School Desegregation in Midcentury St. Louis,” Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH (April 46, 2014).

Awards

Virginia Ramey Mollenkott Award, 20192020

LGBTQ Religious Archives Network

Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award, 2017

University of Notre Dame

Grants & Fellowships

Young Scholars in American Religion Program, 20232025

Center for the Study of American Religion and Culture, Indiana University-Purdue University

PRRI Fellowship in Religion and LGBTQ+ Rights, 2022–2024

Public Religion Research Institute

Sacred Writes Public Scholarship, 2020–2021

Northeastern University

Sarah Pettit Doctoral Fellowship in LGBT Studies, 2019

Yale University

Current Research in Digital History Conference Travel Grant, 2019

Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University

American Historical Association Council Annual Meeting Travel Grant, 2019

American Historical Association

Mellon Foundation Fellowship, 2018

Newberry Library

Organization of American Historians Conference Travel Award for Ph.D. Students, 2018

Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

Graduate Student Union Conference Presentation Grant, 2018

University of Notre Dame

Linda and Richard Kerber Fund for Research in the Iowa Women’s Archives, 2017

University of Iowa

Professionalization Fund Award, 2017

Department of History, University of Notre Dame

Writing Workshop Fellowship, 2016

Collegeville Institute

Striving for Excellence in Teaching Certificate, 2016

Kaneb Center for Teaching Excellence

Professionalization Fund Award, 2015

Department of History, University of Notre Dame

R. W. Davis Travel Grant, 2015

Department of History, Washington University in St. Louis

Evan Frankel Fellowship, 2013–2014

Department of History, Washington University in St. Louis

HRC Summer Institute for Religious and Theological Study, 2013

Vanderbilt University

Alice K. and William F. Burger Scholarship, 2008–2011

Yale Divinity School

DeFehr Foundation Scholarship, 2004–2008

LCC International University

Teaching Experience

Undergraduate Courses

Historical Methods and Writing

​Religion in the United States

United States History, 1500–1877

U.S. LGBTQ+ History

Women in the United States

Graduate Courses

History and Applied Media Technology

History Teaching Practicum

SErvice

California State University San Marcos

Representative, CSUSM Academic Senate (2022–2023; 2024–present)

Faculty Development Committee, College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences (2023–2024)

Budget Committee, College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences (2021–2023; chair, 2022–2023)

​Student Academic Success Task Force (2020–2021)

​Faculty Mentoring Program (2019present)

Historical Profession

Advisory Board, LGBTQ Religious Archives Network​ (2021–2024)

Committee on Academic Freedom, Organization of American Historians (2020–2023; co-chair, 2021–23)

Mentor, Holstein Dissertation Fellowship, University of California, Riverside (2020–2021)

Selection Committee, Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research (2019)

​Editorial Board, Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (2019–2023)

Hesburgh Libraries Graduate Student Advisory Panel, University of Notre Dame (2018–2019)

​Department of History Professionalization Fund Committee, University of Notre Dame (2016–2017)

Search Committee Representative, John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, Washington University in St. Louis (2015)

Graduate History Association Conference, Washington University in St. Louis (co-chair, 2014)

Manuscript Reviews

Journal Article Manuscripts

Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture

​Fides et Historia

Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation

Teaching History: A Journal of Methods

Monographs

Oxford University Press

​Rowman & Littlefield

​University of California Press

Professional Affiliations

Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History

​Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

Organization of American Historians

American Historical Association