I received my Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in December 2011, and am currently Assistant Professor of Sociology at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, and a faculty affiliate with the Instituto Carlos III-Juan March de Ciencias Sociales. During the fall of 2016 I will be a Visiting Scholar at the University of San Francisco.

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 a Religion Network Representative for the Social Science History Association, and as co-editor of Perspectives. In my free time, I can be found cooking, watching Archer, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers.