I’m an author and historian based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Since February 2020 I’ve worked as a librarian in the History and Special Collections department of the Grand Rapids Public Library. I focus on preservation of born-digital materials and further developing our digital collections.
I hold a Ph.D. in U.S. History from the University of Notre Dame. My first book examined the forebears of a religious group we call “evangelicals” today. Much of my research and writing has dealt with related topics. From 2017-2019, I conducted research on Progressive-Era Protestant Liberals with a generous grant from the Louisville Institute. I’m playing with two projects resulting from this work: a history of Protestant liberalism and a more popular book re-imagining Protestant Christianity in light of what we know about historical processes.
I proudly serve on the Grand Rapids Historical Commission and have a growing interest and appreciation for the history of my adopted hometown. I occasionally teach at colleges in the area, both in-person and online.
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