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

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. My current research investigates how symbolic conflicts influence the form and visibility of the American state, how local religious and government officials understand and negotiate church-state law, 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 on the editorial boards of Civic Sociology and Sociology of Religion. In my free time, I can be found cooking, watching Archer, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers.