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

Associate Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley (2021-)

Assistant Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley (2018-21)

Postdoctoral 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 History and Sexual Politics of an American Jewish Communal Project” [lead roundtable article] and “Knowledge is Power: On Writing and Responding Together” [roundtable response], with Lila Corwin Berman and Katherine Rosenblatt, American Jewish History 104, no. 2/3 (April/July 2020): 167-94 and 243-50.

“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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