I am a historian of modern America, focusing broadly on politics, law, and religion in the United States. My book, Enlisting Faith: How the Military Chaplaincy Shaped Religion and State in Modern America, is forthcoming from Harvard University Press (Fall 2017). My current research examines the rise of individual, institutional, and corporate rights of conscience in health care. This project weaves together the court decisions, legislation, medical and bioethical arguments, religious ideas, and lived experiences that shaped the disparate trajectories of reproductive healthcare, LGBT healthcare, and of end-of-life care from the 1970s to the present. I therefore explore how religion has influenced bioethics and health care policy as well as how law, politics, and culture have framed religious arguments about medicine.
I am a fellow in the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to this appointment, I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis from 2014-16. I received my Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan in 2014.