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
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

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

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, Fall 2017)

Peer-Reviewed Articles & Essays

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.

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).

Book Reviews

Review of G.I. Messiahs: Soldiering, War, and American Civil Religion by Jonathan Ebel. Reading Religion (May 2016).

Review of Jewish on Their Own Terms: How Intermarried Couples are Changing American Judaism by Jennifer Thompson. Religious Studies Review 41, no 4 (December 2015): 205-6.

Review of Unlikely Warrior: A Pacifist Rabbi’s Journey from the Pulpit to Iwo Jima by Lee Mandel. American Jewish Archives Journal 67, no. 1 (2015): 71-73.

Review of In the Memory of the Map: A Cartographic Memoir by Christopher Norment. The Middle Ground Journal 7 (Fall 2013).

Review of Tri-Faith America: How Catholics and Jews Held Postwar America to Its Protestant Promise by Kevin Schultz. American Jewish History 96, no. 4 (December 2010, published 2012).

Review of Edna Ferber’s Hollywood: American Fictions of Gender, Race, and History by J.E. Smyth. Lilith 35, no. 4 (Winter 2010-2011).

Review of Speaking of Jews: Rabbis, Intellectuals, and the Creation of an American Public Identity by Lila Corwin Berman. Journal of Jewish Identities 3, no. 1 (January 2010): 81-83.

Selected Awards, Grants, and Fellowships

*ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award, University of Michigan (2015)
*Arthur Fondiler Distinguished Dissertation Award (for the best dissertation in the department of history), University of Michigan (2014)
*Rackham Humanities Dissertation Fellowship, University of Michigan (2013-14)
*Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies Research Fellowship (2013-14)
*Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (2012-13)
*Frankel Center for Advanced Judaic Studies Summer Research Award (2009-13)
*Mary Baker Eddy Library Research Fellowship (2012)
*Marshall Weinberg Prize in Judaic Studies, University of Michigan (2012)
*Sidney Fine Graduate Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching, University of Michigan (2012)
*Lowenstein-Wiener Fellowship at the American Jewish Archives (2012)
*Truman Presidential Library Research Grant (2012)
*Kevy Kaiserman Memorial Summer Fellowship, Feinstein Center for American Jewish History, Temple University (2011)
*Rackham Humanities Research Fellowship, University of Michigan (2011)
*Eisenhower Presidential Library Research Grant (2011)
*Preliminary Exams—Passed with Distinction (2010)
*Rackham Regents Fellowship, University of Michigan (2008-9)

Conference Papers and Panels (Selected)

“The Church Amendment Reconsidered: Lost Ethical Assumptions of the First Federal Health Care Conscience Clause,” Association for Bioethics and the Humanities Conference, Kansas City, KS, October 2017

“Conscience,” Keywords in Law and Religion Conference, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, May 2017.

“American Jews and Abortion Politics,” National Abortion Federation Annual Meeting, Montreal, Quebec, April 2017.

Roundtable, “The World Seeger Made: Religious Beliefs, Accommodations, Exemptions, and Free Conscience Since 1965,” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, November 2016.

Roundtable, “This American Life: Religion, Race, and Public Schools in East Ramapo, New York,” American Jewish Historical Society Biennial Scholars Conference, New York, NY, June 2016.

“From Palestine to Vietnam: Chaplain Meir Engel and American Judaism at War,” American Jewish Historical Society Biennial Scholars Conference, New York, NY, June 2016.

“‘A lonely soldier stationed at some faraway outpost’: The Military Chaplaincy as a Public Utility,” Policy History Conference, Nashville, TN, June 2016.

“Religion as a Public Utility: The New Deal and American Faith in Faith.” Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Providence, RI, April 2016.

“’A free and open—and heated!—debate’: The Military Chaplaincy, the Supreme Court, and Selective Conscientious Objection to War.” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, January 2016.

“‘You are first, last, and always a religious animal’: Character Education in the American Military, 1947-1960.” History of Education Society Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO, November 2015.

“Translating Religion: Military Chaplains as Ambassadors and Brokers in Vietnam,” Society for the History of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) Annual Meeting, Arlington, VA, June 2015.

“Litigating Difference: Seventh-day Adventists, Race, and the Cold-War Court Martial,” Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, May 2015.

“Religious Exemptions and Their Limits: The Case of Selective Conscientious Objection,” Freedom of (and from) Religion: Debates Over Accommodation of Religion in the Public Sphere,” University of California-Santa Barbara, May 2015.

“Meeting His Eminence: American Military Chaplains and Global Religious Networks.” Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, April 2014.

“Moral Objection and Religious Obligation: The American Military Chaplaincy and the Politics of Conscience During the Vietnam War.” Beyond the Culture Wars: Recasting Religion and Politics in 20th-Century America, Danforth Center for Religion and Politics, St. Louis, MO, March 2014.

“Between Race and Religion: The Army Chaplaincy, African Americans, and Japanese Americans During World War II.” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, January 2014.

“‘Under the Skin We Are Brothers’: The U.S. Military, American Jews, and Global Jewish Networks.” Association for Jewish Studies Annual Conference, Boston, MA, December 2013.

“Dog Tags: A Material History of the Religious Politics of American Military Identification.” Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, Ann Arbor, MI, November 2013.

“P is for Protestant: The Challenges of an Ambiguous Religious Category in the American Military Chaplaincy.” Spectacles of Toleration: Religious Freedom, Cultural Conflict, and the Moral Role of the State Conference, Newport, RI, October 2013.

“Basic Training: Education, Formal Neutrality, and the American Military Chaplaincy.” New World(s) of Faith: Religion and Law in Historical Perspective Conference, Philadelphia, PA, June 2013.

“‘Without Distinction of Creed’: The Military Chaplaincy’s Experiment with an Impossible Ideal.” Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April 2013.

Moderator, “The New Political History: American Politics and Culture from the New Deal to the Cold War,” with Wendy Wall and James Sparrow. Metropolitan History Workshop, Ann Arbor, MI, February 2013.

“Chaplain Jim Wants You! The Boundaries of Religion in the Warfare State.” Religion and World War II Conference, Tallahassee, FL, December 2012.


“Basic Training: The Unintended Consequences of Education Requirements for Military Chaplains.” Policy History Conference, Richmond, VA, June 2012.

“To Which Russian Orthodox Church Does St. Nicholas Cathedral Belong?: Courts, Communism, and Religion in the Cold War.” Cold War Cultures Conference, Austin, TX, October 2010.

“Corps as Corporation: Wendy Kopp’s Plan for a Teacher Corps.” Politics, Activism, and the History of America’s Public Schools Conference, Philadelphia, PA, April 2008.

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Washington University in St. Louis

Virtues, Vices, Values: Regulating Morality in Modern America (2016)
The Devil in the Details: Religion and the Constitution in the United States (upper-level seminar, 2014)

University of Michigan [Instructor]

The Devil in the Details: Religion and the Constitution in the United States (freshman writing seminar, 2013)
Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Training (2010)

University of Michigan [Graduate Student Instructor]

Religion in America (2010)
United States: 1865-Present (2010)
History of American Jews (2009)

University of Wisconsin-Madison [Lecturer]

Public Intellectuals in the United States, co-taught with Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen (2008)


*Organizing Committee, American Jewish Historical Society Biennial Scholars Conference (2017-18)
*Steering Committee, Law, Culture & Religion section, American Academy of Religion (2017-)
*Co-coordinator, American Jewish Studies Reading Group, University of Michigan (2011-14)
*Organizing Committee, The Racial State Conference, University of Michigan (2013)
*Co-coordinator, American Religion Reading Group, University of Michigan (2012-13)
*History Department Prelims Revision Committee, University of Michigan (2010)
*Co-coordinator, American History Workshop, University of Michigan (2009-10)
*North American Religion Search Committee, University of Michigan (2008-9)
*Curriculum Committee, Stanford University Undergraduate Advising and Research (2006-7)
*Committee on Educational Policy, Williams College (2001-2)
*Calendar and Scheduling Committee, Williams College (2001-2)