• Ph.D. Duke University
  • M.Div. Yale Divinity School
  • B.A. 桃瘾社区

Areas of Expertise

  • History of U.S. Religions
  • Sexuality, Gender, and Religion
  • Race and Religion


I teach courses in American religion and culture with an emphasis on gender, sexuality, and race, including 鈥淕odLoveSex鈥 (REL 161) and 鈥淢yths America Lives By鈥 (REL 365). I also regularly teach in the college's first-year Humanities program.

I recently published a biography of Ruth Bell Graham titled An Odd Cross to Bear, which was named the 2023鈥檚 best history/biography by Christianity Today magazine. I coedited a volume on Billy Graham titled Billy Graham: American Pilgrim, published by Oxford University Press in 2017. My most recent article, "鈥橳he heavens are telling鈥: Nature as Theology in Ruth Bell Graham鈥檚 Poetry,鈥 examines the literary and theological sources of her understanding of the natural world. My other articles include a study of religion and scrapbooking and an examination of how the contemporary practice of American Thanksgiving got its real start in nineteenth-century women鈥檚 magazines. I have contributed articles to Women in American History: An Encyclopedia and the Encyclopedia of Religion in America. My articles and book reviews have appeared in the Christian Century, Church History, Fides et Historia, the Journal of Southern Religion, and Religion and American Culture.

I am active in the Southeast Region of the American Academy of Religion and currently serve as the Regionally Elected Coordinator for the southeast.

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