I am a historian of politics, law, and religion in the United States, writing broadly on religion and the regulatory state in modern America. My book, Enlisting Faith: How the Military Chaplaincy Shaped Religion and State in Modern America, is forthcoming from Harvard University Press (Fall 2017). I have started new research on religion-state issues in medicine and bioethics, focusing on conscience clauses, religious refusals, and conscientious objection/provision in healthcare settings as well as the role of religion in hospital systems and health policy.
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.