Rice University: Ph.D. in History, expected 2018 (ABD)

Western Kentucky University: M.A. in History, 2013

Bethel University (TN): B.A. in History, 2011


Refereed Articles

“How Watermelons Became Black: Emancipation and the Origins of a Racist Trope,” Journal of the Civil War Era, 8 (March 2018), forthcoming

Helen Keller Jokes, Body and Soul,” Journal of Popular Culture, 47 (December 2014), 1167–79

Book Review

Review of K. Stephen Prince, Stories of the South: Race and the Reconstruction of Southern Identity, 1865–1915, in American Nineteenth Century History, 16 (Summer 2015), 368–70

Edited Primary Sources

“Cumberland Presbyterian Confession of Faith, 1814” and “Cumberland Presbyterian Confession of Faith, 1883,” in Andreas Mühling and Peter Opitz, eds., Reformierte Bekenntnisschriften [Reformed Confessions], vol. 4 (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht), under contract

Public Writing

Abraham Lincoln’s Secret Visits to SlavesThe Atlantic, February 12, 2018

Maybe Now, Memphis Can Be FreeMLK50, December 21, 2017

Violence to Redeem the WorldU.S. Intellectual History, November 4, 2017

Know Your Archives: The Historical Foundation of the Cumberland Presbyterian ChurchReligion in American History, October 7, 2017

Untangling the Lost Cause Myth from the American Story Will Be HardWashington Post, August 25, 2017

Celebrating Nathan Bedford Forrest Is Celebrating White SupremacyMLK50, July 12, 2017

Why Couldnt the Civil War Have Been Worked? Some Smart People Take the Question SeriouslyVox, May 11, 2017

Your Neighborhood Midwife, Afua HassanScalawag, April 7, 2017

Confessions of a Former Neo-ConfederateVox, September 30, 2016

Gordon Wood’s Notecards and the Two PresentismsThe Junto, February 18, 2015

How Watermelons Became a Racist TropeThe Atlantic, December 8, 2014

End-times Watcher Sees Satan in an Energy DrinkReligion Dispatches, November 14, 2014


University of Memphis: Adjunct Instructor, HIST 2020: U.S. History Since 1877 (Fall 2017)

Rice University: Teaching Assistant, HIST 246: The American Civil War Era (Fall 2014)

Journal of Southern History: Editorial Assistant (2013–14, Spring 2015)

Western Kentucky University: Research Assistant, Institute for Civil War Studies (2012–13)

Public Engagement

Conversation with Edward H. Miller about Cold War culture and JFK assassination conspiracy theories, Bloggingheads, February 19, 2018

Interviewed by Texas Matters about Lincoln sightings in black folklore, February 16, 2018

Conversation with Benjamin E. Park about Mormonism and the LDS leadership, MeaningOfLife, February 5, 2018

Historical consultant, Memphians for Removal of Confederate Statues (#TakeEmDown901), November–December 2017

Conversation with Kate Lister about sex work and digital history, Bloggingheads, November 30, 2017

Conversation with Jorge Juan Rodríguez V about religion and politics in Puerto Rico, Bloggingheads, November 14, 2017

“The Deep History of #WhiteChurchQuiet: Cumberland Presbyterians and the Problem of Slavery,” invited talk, Memphis Theological Seminary, October 24, 2017

“How Watermelons Became Black: Emancipation and the Origins of a Racist Stereotype,” Annual Civil War Lecture, Western Kentucky University, October 19, 2017

Conversation with Aryeh Cohen-Wade about Civil War memory, Culturally Determined at Bloggingheads, August 29, 2017

Interviewed by WMC Actions News 5 about Confederate monuments in Memphis, June 20, 2017

Conference Presentations

“Border States, Border Church: Cumberland Presbyterians and the Slavery Question,” Organization of American Historians, Sacramento, April 2018 (forthcoming)

“Cumberland Presbyterians and the Project of the Christian Nation,” Society for U.S. Intellectual Historians, Plano, Tex., October 26, 2017

Boler v. Boler: Anti-Shakerism and Marriage Law in Kentucky,” Communal Studies Association, Pleasant Hill, Ky., October 2, 2015

“When Honest Abe Came Down South: Lincoln Sightings in African-American Folklore,” Southern American Studies Association, Charleston, S.C., January 31, 2013

“‘Because She Can’t Hear Them Anyway’: The Miracle Worker, Helen Keller Jokes, and Historical Memory,” Midwest Popular Culture Association, Milwaukee, October 14, 2011

Grants and Awards

Graduate Student Research Grants, Humanities Research Council, Rice University (2015–16)

Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Potter College of Arts and Letters, Western Kentucky University (2013)

George C. Herring Graduate Student Writing Award, Kentucky Association of Teachers of History (2012)