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EDUCATION

  • Ph.D., Department of Religious Studies, Northwestern University, 2015
  • Dissertation: Catholicism Remixed: Catholic Prayer and the Making of Millennial Catholic Subjectivity
  • M.T.S., American Religions, Harvard Divinity School, 2007
  • B.A., Departments of Peace Studies and Theology, College of Saint Benedict, 2002, summa cum laude

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

  • 2021- : Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Humanities & Social Sciences Department, Springfield College
  • 2020- : Director of the Core Curriculum, Springfield College
  • 2016-20: Assistant Professor of Religion, Humanities Department, Springfield College
  • 2015-16: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Northwestern University
  • 2015: Visiting Lecturer of History and Catholic Studies, History Department, University of Illinois-Chicago

PUBLICATIONS

Books

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Book Chapters

Book under Contract

  • American Patroness: Marian Shrines and the Making of US Catholicism, New York: Fordham University Press, 2023; co-editor with Karen Park.

Book Reviews

  • Review, Julie Leininger Pycior, Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton and the Greatest Commandment: Radical Love in Times of Crisis (Orbis Books, 2020), The Journal of Social Encounters, 2021.
  • Review, Patrick Carey, Confession: Catholics, Repentance, and Forgiveness in America (Oxford University Press, 2018), The Journal of Religion, 2020.
  • Review, Andrew R. Lewis, The Rights Turn in Conservative Christian Politics: How Abortion Transformed the Culture Wars (Cambridge University Press, 2018), American Academy of Religion’s Reading Religion, 2019.
  • Donna Bowman, Prayer Shawl Ministries and Women’s Theological Imagination (Lexington Books, 2015), Religion and Gender (Winter 2018).
  • Review, Jill Krebs, Our Lady of Emmitsburg, Visionary Culture, and Catholic Identity: Seeing and Believing (Lexington Books, 2015), American Academy of Religion’s Reading Religion2016.
  • Review, Joseph Laycock. The Seer of Bayside: Veronica Lueken and the Struggle to Define Catholicism (Oxford University Press, 2014),Religion in American History Blog,” July 2015.
  • Quarterly Book Reviewer, CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries Book Reviews, Topics: Women and Religion, Catholicism in the U.S., American Religion.

Web-based Publications

Manuscripts in Preparation

  • “Three Generations of Catholic Laywomen Building Natural Family Planning Communities” in American Catholic Laywomen in the 20th century, eds. Nicholas Rademacher and Sandra Yocum.

GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS, AND AWARDS

CONFERENCES AND PRESENTATIONS

Papers Presented     

  • 2021. “Man Up!” Natural Family Planning and the Formations of Catholic Masculinities in the 21st century,” American Academy of Religion, November
  • 2021. “The Kippleys, Natural Family Planning, and Catholic Sex Lives,” US Intellectual History, Virtual due to COVID-19 pandemic, March 1.
  • 2021. “The New Emangelization:” Crafting Masculinity and Cultivating Catholic Men,” Virtual due to COVID-19 pandemic, January 15.
  • 2020. “‘It’s about Women’s Health!’ Catholic Family Planning Meets Secular Science,” American Catholic Historical Association, New York, NY, January 3-5.
  • 2019. “Natural Family Planning, Social Media, and the Ethnographic Method Online,” American Academy of Religion, San Diego, CA, November 23-26.
  • 2019. “Creating ‘Chicago’s Youth Ministry Model,’” American Catholic Historical Association, Chicago, IL, January 3-6.
  • 2018. “Divine Mercy, the Cold War, and a Polish Pope: The International Context of an American Catholic Devotion,” American Society for Church History, Washington, DC, January 4-6.
  • 2017. “Catholic in Fly-over Country: Studying Rural Catholicism in the U.S.,” American Academy of Religion Meeting, Boston, MA, November 17-22.
  • 2017. “‘If you Pray About It, God’ll Give you an Opportunity to Do it:’ Gendering Prayers, Catholic Millennials, and the Rhythms of Ethnography,” Society for the Anthropology of Religion Biennial Meeting, New Orleans, LA, May 15-17.
  • 2017.  “‘Guard your Hearts:’ Dating, Sex, and Chastity among Millennial-generation Catholics,” New England Maritime American Academy of Religion Regional Meeting, Boston, MA, April 8.
  • 2017. “A Hipster Saint and Cool Catholics: Crafting Millennial-Generation Catholic Identity in the U.S.,” American Catholic Historical Association, Denver, CO, January 6-7.
  • 2016. “Ethnography Pedagogy, Pedagogical Ethnography: Using and Teaching Ethnography in Religious Studies Classrooms,” American Academy of Religion, San Antonio, TX, November 19-22.
  • 2016. “‘Life App:’ Catholics and Grassroots Pro-Life Activism in the Twenty-first Century,” Boston College Biennial Conference on the History of Religion, Boston, MA, April 1-2.
  • 2016. “Pope Francis: Media Re-Presentations,” American Catholic Historical Association, Atlanta, GA, January 7-10.
  • 2015. “‘Dynamically Orthodox’ Catholics: The Mass and Technologies of Catholic Group Formation,” Society for Anthropology of Religion Biennial Conference, San Diego, CA, April 16-19.
  • 2014. “Devotions Remixed: Millennial Catholics and 21st Century Devotionalism,” American Academy of Religion, San Diego, CA, November 22-24.
  • 2014. “Millennial Missionaries: Recycling Jesuit Fragments for the 21st Century,” Crossings and Dwellings: Restored Jesuits, Women Religious, American Experience, 1814-2014, Chicago, IL, October 16-19.
  • 2014. “Making Catholicism Hip: Young Adult Catholics and Cool American Catholicism,” Midwest Region American Academy of Religion, Ada, OH, April 4-5.
  • 2014. “Hip Catholicism: Crafting a Catholic Cool,” Chicago Ethnography Conference, Evanston, IL, March 15.
  • 2012. “A Space Set Apart: Sacred Texts From the Pews in the Back,” West Region, American Academy of Religion, Santa Clara, CA, March 24-26.
  • 2011. “Forgive Me, iPhone, for I have Sinned: Catholic Engagement with the Confession App,” American Academy of Religion, San Francisco, CA, November 19-22.

Panel Organizer

  • 2021. “Studying Masculinities, Catholic-Style: A Roundtable,” American Catholic Historical Association, Virtual due to COVID-19 pandemic, January 15. Co-organizer with Alyssa Maldanado-Estrada.
  • 2020. “Catholics and Interfaith Conversations on Reproduction,” Organizer, American Catholic Historical Association, New York, NY, January 3-5.
  • 2019. “Critical Terms of the ACHA: “Catholic,” Presider, American Catholic Historical Association, Chicago, IL, January 3-6. Co-organizer.

Conference Discussant

  • 2020. “Renew, Re-voice, Re-imagine: Ethnographies of Religion and Technology,” Respondent, American Academy of Religion, Virtual due to COVID-19 pandemic, November 21-24.
  • 2017. “Between the Imperial and the Intimate: Practicing Catholicism in a Global Media,” Presider, American Academy of Religion, Boston, MA, November 17-22.
  • 2015. “The Evolution of the Papacy: Modernity, Media, and Mission,” Northwestern University Department of Religious Studies Conference, Evanston, IL, October 17.
  • 2014. “Where Religion Takes Place,” Northwestern University Religious Studies Graduate Student Conference, Evanston, IL, October 31-November 2.
  • 2012. “Transnational Transitions,” Northwestern University Religious Studies Graduate Student Conference, Evanston, IL, October 12-14.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Springfield College

  • Religion and Gender (developed)
  • African American Religions (developed)
  • Honors Seminar: Religions of Ireland
  • What is Religion?
  • Religion, Health, and Healing
  • Religion in America (master course for online curriculum)
  • Honors First-year Seminar
  • Springfield College Seminar
  • Contemporary Catholicism
  • Religion and Sports
  • Interfaith Studies: Engaging a Religiously Diverse World
  • Religions of the World
  • Religion in America: American Religious History
  • Religion in America: Religion in New England
  • Short-term Study Abroad: Ireland: Culture, Sights, and Sounds
  • Introduction to Philosophy

Northwestern University

  • Introduction to Religion
  • Christian Thought in Global Perspective
  • Introduction to Christianity
  • Women and Religion
  • Chicago Catholicism: A Case Study
  • Contemporary American Catholicism

University of Illinois-Chicago

  • Catholics and Catholicism in U.S. History (spring 2015)

Northwestern University, Teaching Assistant

  • Introduction to Buddhism
  • American Religious History
  • Religion, Medicine, and Suffering in the West
  • Methods of Observing Human Behavior
  • Introduction to Hinduism
  • Religion and Identity
  • Introduction to Religion
  • Introduction to Judaism
  • Introduction to Buddhism

Other Teaching Experience

  • English Language Learning Teacher, Mason County Literacy, Shelton, WA
  • English Teacher, Instituto Intercultural, Mendoza, Argentina

SERVICE

Discipline Service

  • Committee Member, Roman Catholic Studies, American Academy of Religion (2020-2024)
  • Executive Committee Member, American Catholic Historical Association (2018-2022)
  • Peer Reviewer, Palgrave Macmillan
  • Peer Reviewer, Journal of Global Christianity
  • Peer Reviewer, Religion Compass
  • Peer Reviewer, Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art, and Belief
  • Teaching Consultant, Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching (2013-16)
  • Coordinator, North American Religions Workshop, Northwestern University (2012-14)

College Service

  • Director of the Core Curriculum (2020-current)
  • Faculty, Honors Program (2019-current)
  • Member, Faculty Senate (2019-20)
  • Member, Core Curriculum Committee (2019-20)
  • Member, Online Education Taskforce (2019-20)
  • Member, NECHE Committee (2019-20)
  • Faculty Mentor for New Faculty (2019-20)
  • Member, First-Year Seminar Committee (2018-19)         
  • Chair, ASPS Curriculum Committee (2018-19)
  • Member, ASPS Curriculum Committee (2017-18)
  • Member, Learning-Living Communities Task Force (2017-18)
  • Workshop Presenter, Center for Teaching and Learning (2017-19)

Community Service

  • Communications Coordinator, Interfaith Council of Greater Springfield
  • Co-Organizer, Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Event
  • Vice President, Mapleshade Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization
  • Organizer, Meadow Brook Elementary School Garden (2016-18)

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

  • 2017-18, Writing Fellows, Springfield College
  • 2017, Faculty Bootcamp, Center for Teaching and Learning, Springfield College

LANGUAGES

  • Spanish, reading and speaking proficiency
  • French, reading proficiency with dictionary

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • American Academy of Religion (2010-present)
  • American Catholic Historical Association (2015-present)
  • American Society for Church History (2017-2019)
  • American Academy of Anthropology (2018-2020)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT

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