I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of History at the University of Notre Dame, and my principal research interests lie at the intersections of religion, political economy, and the metropolitan built environment in modern US history. My dissertation-in-progress, tentatively titled “Suburbs of Zion: Evangelicals and the Rise of the Metropolitan South, 1940-2000,” focuses on born-again Protestants in the post-World War II South, tracing how they adapted to, leveraged, and networked between the region’s emerging metropolitan landscapes to become a leading force in American life in the late twentieth century. By situating these religious communities within the shifting economic geographies that fueled the rise of sprawling southern cities like Atlanta, Dallas, and Houston, my work casts new light on the historical relationships between suburbanization, capitalism, conservatism, race, and religious experience.
I maintain an interest in the urban history of South Bend as well. As a research associate at Notre Dame’s Historic Urban Environments Lab, I have been a contributor to and editor of Building South Bend, a digital humanities project chronicling the city’s historic built environment, and I am currently editing the late John Stamper’s City and Campus: An Architectural History of South Bend, Notre Dame, and Saint Mary's for publication with the University of Notre Dame Press in 2024. Alongside these projects, I continue to write on the global reach of US Protestantism in the long twentieth century. Before coming to Notre Dame, I received my BA in History and Religion from Baylor University and completed coursework as a visiting student at Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford.