About Me

I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at Penn State University where I study the intersection of politics and religion in twentieth century America under the direction of Philip Jenkins and Amy Greenberg. My work also intersects with media studies, public choice economics, gender studies, and social movement theory. I am scheduled to defend my dissertation–“Creating the Silent Majority: Religious Broadcasting, State Censorship, and the Rise and Fall of the New Christian Right in the 1960s”–in the spring of 2016.

Jazz HandsMore importantly, I have a wonderful partner, Jessica, who works as an academic adviser for pre-medicine students at Penn State, and we have a toddler named George. It’s a good thing he’s not on my doctoral committee; he’d prefer that I spent more time building block towers and rather less time typing on the computer.

When I’m not dissertating or engineering block towers, I enjoy films, long walks (sometimes on beaches), and fantasy football.