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I received my Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in December 2011, and am currently Assistant Professor of Sociology at Colby College, where I teach courses on religion, politics, and social theory, among other things.

My research uses comparative and historical methods to illuminate the interplay of culture, religion, politics, and public policy. My first book, Secular Conversions (Cambridge University Press, 2016), examines how political institutions have fostered distinct patterns of secularization in American and Australian education since 1800. Current projects investigate how religion matters to politics and policymaking, how symbolic conflicts influence the form and visibility of the American state, and how historical methods are actually practiced in social scientific research.

I am currently serving as Secretary/Treasurer of the ASA Comparative-Historical Sociology Section, and as 2018 Program Committee Co-Chair for the Social Science History Association. In my free time, I can be found cooking, watching Archer, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers.