I am a PhD candidate in early American history at the College of William and Mary, where my research focuses on the history of evangelical religion, race, and migration in the early American republic and Atlantic World. My dissertation explores the rise of Methodism in North America and the Caribbean from the American Revolution to the War of 1812, paying particular attention to the intersections of local conditions and larger political and social forces in that development.
I received a BA (2007) and MA (2009), both in history, from Brigham Young University, where my MA thesis examined the influence of Methodism on early Mormonism. I also contribute occasionally to the Religion in American History group blog and the Juvenile Instructor, a Mormon History blog.
When I’m not sorting through 18th century archival manuscripts or writing, I like to eat, travel, and spend time with my wife and our two children.