I study the history of religion and culture in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century United States. I have a strong interest in new and "counter" narratives of American religion that move away from the longstanding academic emphasis on Protestantism. Much of my work deals with communication and the ways that people convey their ideas through media. My dissertation will explore Spiritualism, hoaxes, and the attempts of social scientists to explore the paranormal. Outside of my primary research, I am interested in digital history, political history, East Asian history, space travel, and music.
Phantom Luminaries: Spiritualism and Paranormal Investigators in the Age of Disruption
M.A., History, University of Rochester, 2017
M.A., History, Distinction, Villanova University, 2016
B.A., History (Highest Distinction, Christopher Lasch Fellow in American History), Religion (Honors in Research, Highest Distinction), University of Rochester, 2014
- Instructor: “Cults, Chakras, & Crunchy Granola: New Age Religions in America,” 4.0-credit summer course, University of Rochester, July 2019.
- Teaching Assistantships: “Hitler’s Germany,” Prof. Tom Fleischman, Spring 2019.
- Fall 2018: Teaching Assistant for: "Wives, Women, & Wenches: Women in American History," Prof. Brianna Theobald, University of Rochester, Dept. of History.
- December 1, 2016: Guest Lecturer for: “Anthropology of Tourism,” Visiting Prof. Magdalena Banaszkiewicz, University of Rochester, Dept. of Political Science.
- March 16, 2016: Guest Lecturer for: “The Renaissance Atlantic,” Prof. Cristina Soriano, Villanova University, Dept. of History.
- 2017 Knapp Family Foundation Travel Grant for the Association for Jewish Studies 49th Annual Conference.
- 2016–18 Slattery Fellowship, University of Rochester.
- 2016 Villanova Graduate Studies Travel Award.
- 2014–16 Villanova University Tuition Scholarships.
- 2014 Elected to Phi Beta Kappa Society.
- 2014 Graduating Student Marshal at the 164th Commencement Exercises, University of Rochester.
- 2013 Beinecke Scholarship from the Sperry Fund.
- I grew up in the Hudson Valley north of New York City. Over the years I've volunteered for several political campaigns.
- I am exploring both academic and non-academic careers in which I can use my research training.
- What I like best about Rochester is Rochester's library resources — physical and digital collections, research opportunities, professional workshops, digital media equipment, and archives — are extraordinary. Collaboration between our faculty and students and the River Campus librarians make this a great place to study history.