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 TropeJournal of the Civil War Era, 8 (March 2018), 64–86

Helen Keller Jokes, Body and SoulJournal of Popular Culture, 47 (Dec. 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), forthcoming

Public Writing

Why the Alt-Right Thinks Porn Is a Jewish ConspiracyMEL Magazine, May 29, 2018

Monthly columnist (“Our History: Stories from the Archives”), Cumberland Presbyterian, March 2018–

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

Maybe Now, Memphis Can Be FreeMLK50, Dec. 21, 2017

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

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

Untangling the Lost Cause Myth from the American Story Will Be HardWashington Post, Aug. 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, Sept. 30, 2016

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

How Watermelons Became a Racist TropeThe Atlantic, Dec. 8, 2014

End-times Watcher Sees Satan in an Energy DrinkReligion Dispatches, Nov. 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

Interviewed by Strange Fruit about the racist watermelon stereotype, June 30, 2018

Interviewed by the Chronicle of Higher Education about the Michael Landis controversy, June 28, 2018

Master Local Historians workshop leader, Morton Museum of Collierville History, April 30, 2018

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

Historical consultant, Memphians for Removal of Confederate Statues (#TakeEmDown901), Nov.–Dec. 2017

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

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

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

Bloggingheads Conversations

Arabelle Raphael (the changing economy of porn and sex work), July 9, 2018

Jemar Tisby (race and evangelicalism in the Deep South), June 20, 2018

Natalie Wynn, aka ContraPoints (transgender identity, the autogynephilia theory, and New Atheism), May 17, 2018

David Austin Walsh (George Wallace and William F. Buckley Jr.), April 25, 2018

Elizabeth Catte (Appalachia and public history), April 2, 2018

Edward H. Miller (Cold War culture and JFK assassination conspiracy theories), Feb. 19, 2018

Benjamin E. Park (Mormonism and the LDS leadership), Feb. 5, 2018

Kate Lister (sex work, digital history, and Whores of Yore), Nov. 30, 2017

Jorge Juan Rodríguez V (religion and politics in Puerto Rico), Nov. 14, 2017

Aryeh Cohen-Wade (Civil War memory and counterfactuals), Aug. 29, 2017

Conference Presentations

“Roundtable: Can the Denominational Historian Go Home Again?,” Conference on Faith and History, Grand Rapids, forthcoming

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

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

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

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

Grants and Awards

Historical Foundation of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church: Award in Cumberland Presbyterian History (2018)

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

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

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