A complete CV is available by request.


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Ph.D., History, 2014
Dissertation: God, War, and Politics: The American Military Chaplaincy and the Making of a Multi-Religious Nation
*ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award for exceptional and significant scholarship, Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan
*Arthur Fondiler Award for Best Dissertation in the Department of History, University of Michigan
Committee: Deborah Dash Moore (chair), Matthew Lassiter, Susan Juster, William Novak

Stanford University, Stanford, CA
M.A., Social Sciences in Education, 2005.
M.A. Paper: To Inform and Inspire: Writing about Education for the Public
Advisor: David Labaree

Williams College, Williamstown, MA
B.A., English, Magna Cum Laude, 2002.

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley (2018-)

Fellow, Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania (2016-2018)

Postdoctoral Research Associate, John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University, St. Louis, MO (2014-16)



Enlisting Faith: How the Military Chaplaincy Shaped Religion and State in Modern America (Harvard University Press, 2017)
*Winner, Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize for outstanding scholarship in church history (2018)

Peer-Reviewed Articles & Essays

“The Continuity Crisis: The Sexual Politics of an American Jewish Communal Project,” with Lila Corwin Berman and Katherine Rosenblatt (forthcoming).

“Conscience.” In Law, Religion, U.S.A., eds., Joshua Dubler and Isaac Weiner (NYU Press, 2019).

“Physicians, Not Conscripts: Conscientious Objection in Health Care” (with Ezekiel J. Emanuel), New England Journal of Medicine 376 (April 6, 2017): 1380-85.

“Dog Tags: Religious Toleration and the Politics of American Military Identification.” In The Lively Experiment: Religious Freedom and Toleration in American from Roger Williams to the Present, eds., Christopher Beneke and Christopher Grenda (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015).

“A Jewish America and a Protestant Civil Religion: Will Herberg, Robert Bellah, and Religious Identity in Mid-Twentieth Century America.” Religions 6, no. 2 (2015): 434-450. Special Issue on Religion, Politics, and America’s Liberal-Conservative Divide Reconsidered.

Amicus Brief

For Plaintiffs, Jane Doe 2 v. Donald J. Trump, December 10, 2018, authored by Ronit Y. Stahl and Jennifer Mittelstadt, available here.

Encyclopedia Entries

“Protestant-Catholic-Jew (Will Herberg).” In Dictionary of American History, Supplement: America in the World, 1776 to the Present, eds., Edward Blum and Cara Burnidge (New York: Charles Scribner & Sons, 2016).

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