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EDUCATION

 

– Duke University – May 2018

Ph.D. Graduate Program in Religion – GPA 4.0

  • Track: American Religion
  • Minors: American Islam; Art, Art History, & Visual Studies
  • Research Languages: Spanish; German
  • Dissertation: “Protestant Relics: Religion, Objects, and the Art of Mourning in the American Republic”

– Duke University – May 2012

M.A. Religion – GPA 3.9

– The University of North Carolina Wilmington – May 2010

B.A. Philosophy & Religion, Communication Studies – GPA 3.9
Summa Cum Laude

  • Minors: Spanish; Digital Arts
  • Area of Concentration: Religion
  • Honors Thesis: “The Apocalyptic Satan: A Punitive and Literal Development in the Pauline Epistles”
  • Graduated with University Honors and Departmental Honors from UNCW’s Honors Scholars Program.

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PUBLICATIONS

 

  • “The Frontiers of Immortality,” in Human, Transhuman, Posthuman: Emerging Technologies and the Boundaries of Homo Sapiens. Edited by Diana Walsh-Pasulka and  Michael Bess. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, Cengage Learning, Forthcoming 2017.
  • “Black Muslims, White Jesus: Destroying Racial Images of God with CRAID and W.D. Muhammad.” In New Perspectives on the Nation of Islam. Edited by Dawn-Marie Gibson and Herbert Berg. New York: Routledge, Forthcoming 2017.
  • “Christianity and the Visual Arts.” Co-authored with A.T. Coates. In Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Forthcoming 2016.
  • “Devotional Art,” “Sarah Josepha Bell Hale,” “Interior Decoration,” and “Memorial Movement.” In Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Forthcoming 2016.
  • “Lourdes.” In Miracles: An Encyclopedia of People, Places, and Supernatural Events from Antiquity to the Present, 238-241. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2016.
  • “Funerary Inscriptions: Modern Europe and America.” In Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, Volume 9, 847-849. Boston: De Gruyter, 2014.

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FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

 

  • Summer Research Award from the University of North Carolina Wilmington – June 2018
  • Conference Travel Award to the Society of Early Americanists from Duke’s Graduate Program in Religion and the Graduate School – January 2018
  • Filson Fellowship from the Filson Historical Society – October 2017
  • Amanda and Greg Gregory Fellowship at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington – June – August 2017
  • Anthony N. B. and Beatrice W. B. Garvan Fellowship in American Material Culture at the Library Company of Philadelphia – April 2017
  • Research Fellowship at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library – September 2016
  • New England Regional Fellowship Consortium (NERFC) Fellowship Recipient – 2016-2017
  • Domestic Dissertation Travel Award from Duke’s Graduate School – 2016-2017
  • Gurney Harriss Kearns Summer Research Fellowship from Duke – Summer 2016
  • Conference Travel Award to Philadelphia from the Early American Material Text Conference – May 2016
  • Conference Travel Award to Brown University from Duke’s Graduate Program in Religion and the Graduate School – March 2016
  • Gurney Harriss Kearns Summer Research Fellowship from Duke – Summer 2015
  • Religion in North Carolina Digital Collections Mini-Grant funded by Duke,  Wake Forest, UNC, and the NC Department of Cultural Resources – Fall 2014
  • Gurney Harriss Kearns Summer Research Fellowship from Duke – Summer 2014
  • Nathan J. Perilman Stipend from Duke’s Center for Jewish Studies – Summer 2014
  • Gurney Harriss Kearns Mini-Grant for Conference Travel – Spring 2014
  • Attended the 2013 CHAViC Summer Seminar: “Domestic Impressions: The Visual and Material Culture of the American Family Home, 1750-1890” at the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) – Summer 2013
  • Gurney Harriss Kearns Summer Research Fellowship from Duke – Summer 2013
  • Joanne B. Slaughter Memorial Scholarship – 2011-2012

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ACADEMIC PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

  • “’Papa, Had He Hair?’: Collecting George Washington’s Relics as Religious and Political Objects of the American Republic. Presented at the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR) for the panel “Stones and Bones: Negotiating Memory and Politics in Early American Monuments.” Cleveland, Ohio, July 20, 2018.
  • “‘Invaluable Relique[s] of the Hero and the Patriot’: Mourning for George Washington and the Forging of a New Nation.” Presented at “Sacred Objects in the New Nation” panel of the “Material Culture, Religion, and Politics in Early America” series at the Society of Early Americanists. Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, March 1-4, 2018.
  • “All this Veneration of the Book’: The Bible as a Bad Object, Weapon, and Relic in Nineteenth-Century American Protestantism.” Presented at the Protestantism and the Materiality of Texts Conference by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, through a partnership with the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography at the Rare Book School, as well as the Duke Graduate Program in Religion, the Barney Jones Endowment of the Duke Department of Religious Studies, the Princeton Graduate School, and the Princeton Center for the Study of Religion. Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. April 22, 2017.
  • “Speaking to the Dead through Material Objects,” introductory remarks to the “Post Life Materialities: Environments and Their Impacts on Relationships between the Living and the Dead.” For the Death, Dying, and Beyond Group at the American Academy of Religion (AAR). November 19, 2016.
  • “Breaking the Good Book: The Bible as an Immoral Material Text in Ninetieth-Century America.” Presented at the Early American Material Texts Conference sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Library Company of Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. May 25-27, 2016.
  • “From Mourning Embroideries to Family Bible Records: The Rise of Gendered Genealogy in Nineteenth-Century American Domestic Religion.” Presented at Family and Genealogy in the Study of Religion. Brown University, Providence, RI. March 19, 2016.
  • “Memorial Lithographs as Commodities, Artworks, and Relics in Nineteenth-Century American Protestantism.” Presented at “Mediating Religion: Modes of Communication in Religious Contexts.” Graduate Student Conference. Indiana University, Bloomington. April 18-19, 2014.
  • “Memorial Lithographs as Commodities, Artworks, and Relics in Nineteenth-Century American Protestantism.” Presented at “Perceiving Religion: The Production, Consumption, and Reception of Religious Imagery.” McGill-CREOR Graduate Student Conference. McGill University, Montreal, Canada. March 22, 2014.
  • “A Stitch of Death: Schoolgirl Mourning Embroideries as Expressions of Protestant Visual Display and Memento Mori.” Presented at the panel, “Spirituality in Nineteenth Century American Visual Culture,” at the 33rd annual Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA) Conference. Asheville, NC, March 2012.
  • “The Power of Death and Dying: Images as Means of Conversion and Modes of Shaping Afterlife Beliefs in Nineteenth Century America.” Presented at the American Academy of Religion (AAR) before the Death, Dying, and Beyond Consultation. San Francisco, CA, November 2011.
  • “Toward a Reconciled Death and a Virtual Afterlife: The Deconstruction of ‘the Forbidden Death’ through Web Memorials.” Presented at the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion (SECSOR). Louisville, KY, March 2011.

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INVITED LECTURES

 

  • “The Entanglement of Objects in Antebellum American Protestantism.” Presented at “Entanglement: The Art of Between & Beyond,” a Mellon-funded Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI) Initiative on the Futures of the Humanities. Duke University, Durham, NC. December 1, 2016.
  • “A History of Death, Dying, and Heaven in American Christianity.” Lecture to Professor Lauren Winner’s American Christianity course, Duke Divinity School, Durham, NC. November 16, 2015.
  • “Stitches for the Dead: Schoolgirl Mourning Embroideries in the Early American Republic.” Presented at North Carolina State University’s College of Design. Raleigh, NC. March 4, 2015. Lecture Poster and Lecture Photos.
  • “Evangelicalism, Spiritualism, and Death during the Civil War Era, 1850s to 1870s.” Lecture to Professor Grant Wacker’s American Christianity class, Duke Divinity School, Durham, NC. October 23, 2014.

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PUBLIC TALKS 

 

  • “Protestant Relics: The Politics of Religion and the Art of Mourning in the American Republic.” Presented at the Washington Library at Mount Vernon. Alexandria, VA. August 22, 2017.
  • “Protestant Relics: The Art of Mourning.” Presented at the Library Company and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA. April 2017.
  • “Protestant Relics: The Art of Mourning.” Presented at Historic Deerfield. Deerfield, MA. February 2017.
  • “Protestant Relics: The Art of Mourning.” Presented at the New Hampshire Historical Society. Concord, NH. January 2017.
  • “Protestant Relics: The Art of Mourning.” Presented at the Vermont Historical Society. Barre, VT. June 2016.
  • “Protestant Relics: The Art of Mourning.” Presented at the Vermont History Expo. Tunbridge, VT. June 19, 2016.
  • “Woman Suffrage Movement.” Presented at the Yates Mill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Cary, NC. March 8, 2016.
  • “Revolutionary Tea Parties: Tea in North Carolina and Women’s History.” Presented at the Heritage Pines Community Association. Cary, NC. May 8, 2015.
  • “Revolutionary Tea Parties: Tea in North Carolina and Women’s History.” Presented at the  West Regional Library. Cary, NC. March 31, 2015.
  • “Revolutionary Tea Parties: Tea in North Carolina and Women’s History.” Presented to the “Adult Services Program” at the Eva Perry Regional Library. Apex, NC. March 27, 2015.
  • “Women and Religion in Antebellum America.” Presented to the Congregation at Duke Chapel, Adult Forum. Durham, NC. February 1, 2015.
  • “North Carolina Christianity and the Civil War.” Presented to the “Adult Services Program” for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Southeast Regional Library, Garner, NC. November 22, 2014.
  • “Evangelicalism, Death, and the Civil War.” Presented to the Congregation at Duke Chapel, Adult Forum. Durham, NC. November 9, 2014.
  • “Evangelicalism, Spiritualism, and Death during the Civil War era, 1850s to 1870s.” Lecture to Professor Grant Wacker’s American Christianity class, Duke Divinity School, Durham, NC. October 23, 2014.
  • “The Parlor in Victorian America.” Presented to the “Adult Services Program” at the Southeast Regional Library. Garner, NC. March 27, 2014.
  • “The Parlor in Victorian America.” Presented to the “Adult Services Program” at the East Regional Library. Knightdale, NC. March 24, 2014.
  • “The Parlor in Victorian America.” Presented to the “Adult Services Program” at the North Regional Library. Raleigh, NC. March 13, 2014.
  • “A Short History of Moravians.” Presented to the “Adult Services Program” at the Southeast Regional Library. Garner, NC. October 24, 2013.

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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

Department of Philosophy & Religion, University of North Carolina Wilmington – Fall 2015 to Present

  • PAR 355: Southern Religion
  • PAR 230: Judaism, Christianity, Islam
  • PAR 125: Great Books of the World’s Religions
  • PAR 103: Introduction to Religion

Divinity School, Duke University, Durham, NC   – Fall 2015
Head Preceptor for American Christianity
Served as the head preceptor for American Christianity taught by Professor Lauren Winner. Head preceptor responsibilities included: helped Dr. Winner complete the course syllabus; prepared PowerPoints for Dr. Winner; wrote paper rubrics for the course; coordinated and communicated with 105 students as needed regarding papers, exams, and course questions; coordinated 6 other preceptors; worked with the other preceptors to write the final exam; gave one lecture to the class about death and mourning in 19th century America. Regular preceptor responsibilities included: led 17 students in weekly precept discussions; prepared and presented precept content lectures; and graded weekly summaries, four course papers, and final exams.

Divinity School, Duke University, Durham, NC – Fall 2014
Preceptor for American Christianity
Served as a preceptor for one section of American Christianity taught by Professor Grant Wacker. Gave one lecture to 150 person class, led 15 person, weekly precept discussions, prepared and presented precept content lectures, and graded weekly summaries, research papers, mid-terms, and final exams.

Department of Religious Studies, Duke University, Durham, NC – Spring 2014
Teaching Assistant for Historical Jesus
Served as a teaching assistant for Professor Mark Goodacre. Graded weekly quizzes, mid-terms, and papers. Attended class lectures and provided feedback to Professor Goodacre about class assignments.

Divinity School, Duke University, Durham, NC – Fall 2013
Preceptor for American Christianity
Served as a preceptor for two sections of American Christianity taught by Professor Kate Bowler. Led precept discussions, prepared and presented small content lectures, and graded weekly summaries, research papers, mid-term, and final exams.

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SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION

 

Death, Dying, and Beyond Group of the American Academy of Religion
Member of the Steering Committee, 2014-Present
Worked with other committee members to read submitted proposals, vote on accepted proposals, choose group themes, and to decide on co-groups for the annual conference.

Death, Dying, and Beyond Group of the American Academy of Religion
Web Master, 2011-Present
Developed web site using HTML and CSS, uploaded content, and maintained Web site for the Death, Dying, and Beyond Group at http://DeathAndAfterlife.com.

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