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EDUCATION

  • 2015:  Ph.D., Department of Religious Studies, Northwestern University
  • 2007:  M.T.S., American Religions, Harvard Divinity School
  • 2002:  B.A., Departments of Peace Studies and Theology, College of Saint Benedict, 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

Co-edited Volumes

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Book Chapters

Co-edited Volumes 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.

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.

Web-based Publications

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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