Greetings. I’m an author and independent scholar based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I hold a Ph.D. in United States History from the University of Notre Dame and have authored a book and several essays. (View my full C.V. for details.)
My historical research focuses broadly on the ways that religion interacts with other areas of human experience typically considered secular. My latest project is a forthcoming book, Guaranteed Pure: The Moody Bible Institute, Business, and the Making of Modern Evangelicalism. It tells the story of a coterie of corporate-oriented evangelicals who created a modern form of “old-time religion” rooted in the ideas and practices of consumer capitalism. You can read more about the project here.
A second set of interests falls under the broad category of digital history. I have developed and taught several courses online. In these, I have cultivated sustained engagement with students (and between students) with a pedagogical focus on historical thinking. I’m also working on a tool for historians to collect and organize historical data. It is meant to streamline the mundane tasks of historical scholarship, but basic development decisions inevitably raise deeper questions about the nature of history, evidence, and the operation of our profession.
I currently blog at the Anxious Bench on topics related to the history of evangelicalism.
Have questions or comments? Let me know.