PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

Upper House, 2019-

Program Curator (Academic Communities), Steve & Laurel Brown Foundation, Madison, WI

University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2018-19

DPAA Historian in Residence, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2017-18

Robert M. Kingdon Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Research in the Humanities

Harvard University, 2016-17

Postdoctoral Fellow in History and Public Policy, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2016

Lecturer, History Department

EDUCATION

University of Wisconsin-Madison, PhD in History, 2016

  • Advisors: Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen (chair), Charles Cohen, Tony Michels, Adam Nelson (outside reader), Jeremi Suri (University of Texas-Austin)

  • Exam Fields: American Religion & Thought, U.S. Foreign Relations

  • Dissertation: “American Evangelicals, Israel, and the Origins of the Modern Christian Zionist Movement, 1948-1980”

Colorado State University, MA in History, 2010

  • Advisors: Nathan Citino (chair), James Lindsay

  • Exam Fields: Middle East, U.S. Foreign Relations

  • Thesis: “Israel and the Rise of the Neoconservatives, 1960-76”

Colorado State University, BA in Philosophy and History (double major)

PUBLICATIONS

Book

Covenant Brothers: Evangelicals, Jews, and U.S.-Israeli Relations (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019)

Refereed Articles

Religion and Foreign Policy: The Case of U.S. Foreign Policy Toward Israel,” in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics, Oxford University Press, March 2019.

"His Land and the Origins of the Jewish-Evangelical Israel Lobby," Church History 87, no. 4 (December 2018): 1119-1151.

Revivalist Nationalism after World War II: From ‘Wake Up, America!’ to ‘Make America Great Again’,” Religions 7, no. 11 (November 2016).

A ‘Practical Outlet’ to Premillennial Faith: G. Douglas Young and the Evolution of Christian Zionist Activism in Israel,” Religion & American Culture 25, no. 1 (Winter 2015): 37-81.

Book Chapters

“The Limits of Evangelical Nationalism during the Cold War,” in Paul Mojzes, ed., The North American Christian Community and the Cold War, pp. 104-117, W.B. Eerdmans Press, 2018.

“Religious Pluralism, Domestic Politics, and American Evangelical Support for Israel,” in Andy Johns and Mitch Lerner, eds., The Cold War at Home and Abroad: Domestic Politics and US Foreign Policy since 1945, pp.100-118, University of Kentucky Press, 2018.

Forthcoming Chapters and Essays

“American Evangelicals and the Apocalypse,” in Cambridge Companion to Apocalypticism, Colin McAlister, ed., Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.

“Holy War and the Middle East,” in Oxford Handbook of Christian Fundamentalism,

Andrew Atherstone and David Ceri Jones, eds., Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

 

Literature Reviews

Power and Pluralism: American Protestantism and the American Century,” Modern Intellectual History, April 2, 2019 (published early access), 1-13.

Review of Azar Ajaj et al., Arab Evangelicals in Israel. Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations 13:1 (2018).

 

Review of George Mosse’s Nationalization of the Masses, parts I-IV, George L. Mosse Program Blog “Secular Religion”, February 6, 2017; “Political Rallies”, February 15, 2017; “Politics as Drama”, February 22, 2017; “Mosse's General Will and Christianity,” March 1, 2017.

Review of John Quigley, The International Diplomacy of Israel's Founders: Deception at the United Nations in the Quest for Palestine (Cambridge University Press, 2016) in Passport: The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Review 47, no. 2 (September 2016): 62-63.

Review of Timothy Gloege, Guaranteed Pure: The Moody Bible Institute, Business, and the Making of Modern Evangelicalism (University of North Carolina Press, 2014) in Indiana Magazine of History 112, no. 1 (March 2016): 68-69.

Religion as Domestic Politics in American Foreign Relations,” Passport: The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Review 46, no. 3 (January 2016): 60-62.

Reference Articles

“Christian Zionism” (1,000 words) in SAGE Encyclopedia of Sociology of Religion, Adam

Possamai and Anthony Blasi, eds. (SAGE Publications, forthcoming 2019).

“Harold Lindsell” (1,000 words) and “Charles Swindoll” (1,000 words) in

Religious History: Belief and Society through Time, Gary S. Smith, ed. (ABC-CLIO, forthcoming 2019).

“Millennialism” (1,000 words) and “New Heaven and New Earth” (1,000 words) in

Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, David W. Kling et al, eds. (De Gruyter, forthcoming 2019).

Academic Blogs

Nostra Aetate and the Future of Interreligious Dialogue,” Religion in American History Blog, October 2015.

The Theological Turn in U.S. Intellectual History,” U.S. Intellectual History Blog, November 2014.

Religion and U.S. Foreign Relations: A Roundtable Recap,” Religion in American History Blog, June 2014. 

Miller, Finney, Ockenga, Graham; or, The Chain of Revivalism," U.S. Intellectual History Blog, March 2014.

Opinion and Essays

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TEACHING

Courses Taught:

  • Senior Thesis Advising, UW-Madison, 2018-19

  • U.S. Foreign Relations since 1901 (online), UW-Madison, 2016

  • U.S. History, Civil War Era to the Present, UW-Madison, 2016

 

Teaching Assistant:

  • The U.S. since 1945, UW-Madison, 2015

  • Sport, Recreation, and Society in the U.S., UW-Madison, 2015

  • Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Braided Histories, UW-Madison, 2014

  • Making of the Islamic World, 500-1500, UW-Madison, 2010

  • The Islamic World to 1800, Colorado State University, 2010

  • U.S. History since 1876, Colorado State University, 2009

FELLOWSHIPS & FUNDING

  • Yale Program for the Study of Antisemitism Honorarium, Yale University, 2017

  • Torrey M. Johnson Research Grant, Billy Graham Center Archives, 2016

  • Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies Research Grant, UW-Madison, 2015

  • UW-Madison History Department Travel Fellowship, 2015

  • Summer Institute Honorarium, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, 2015

  • Henry F. May Travel Award, Society for U.S. Intellectual History, 2014 & 2015

  • Mellon-Wisconsin Dissertation Writing Camp, UW-Madison, 2014

  • Vilas Travel Funding Award, UW-Madison, 2014

  • George L. Mosse Graduate Writing Fellowship, UW-Madison, 2013

  • George L. Mosse Graduate Exchange Fellowship, UW-Madison/Rothberg International School, Hebrew University-Jerusalem, 2012-13

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  1. “The Evangelical Mafia and Melani McAlister’s The Kingdom of God Has No Borders,” roundtable contribution, Annual Conference of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Washington, D.C., June 2019.
     

  2. The Culture Wars and 9/11,” roundtable, Biennial Meeting of Conference on Faith and History, Grand Rapids, Michigan, October 2018.​
     

  3. “Israel, Lebanon, and the Conservative Politics of Religious Persecution, 1978-1983” Annual Conference of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 2018.
     

  4. “Religious Freedom and the Cold War: American Missionaries in Israel,” American Society of Church History Winter Conference, Washington, D.C., January 2018.
     

  5. “Nationalism and Internationalism in Early Dispensationalism,” Annual Conference of the Evangelical Theological Society, Providence, Rhode Island, November 2017.
     

  6. “Theology as Intellectual History,” Annual Conference of the Society for U.S. Intellectual History, Washington D.C., October 2017.
     

  7. “Voices and Visions: An Audio-Visual Primary Source Reader in U.S. Foreign Relations,” Annual Conference of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Washington, D.C., June 2017.
     

  8. “Rethinking Covenant, Land, and Mission: Jewish-Evangelical Dialogue after Oslo,” Conference on Faith and History, Virginia Beach, Virginia, October 2016.
     

  9. “Democracy, Diplomacy, and the Problem of Religion,” Annual Meeting of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, San Diego, California, June 2016.
     

  10. “The Politics of Religion: Liberal Protestantism and Neoconservatism in the 1970s,” Annual Conference of the Society for U.S. Intellectual History, Washington D.C., October 2015.
     

  11. “American Evangelicals, Israel, and Modern Christian Zionism,” Triangle Institute for Security Studies: New Faces Conference, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, October 2015.
     

  12. “The Problem of Missions and the Emerging Christian Zionist Movement after 1967,” Annual Conference of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Arlington, Virginia, June 2015
     

  13. “American Evangelicals and Holy Land Tourism, 1967-1980,” Seventh Annual International Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage Conference, Girona, Spain, June 2015.
     

  14. “Billy Graham, Marc Tanenbaum, and Evangelical Attitudes toward Israel,” SHAFR Summer Institute, Ohio State University, June 2015.
     

  15. “At the Brink of Chaos: Postwar Neo-Evangelical Criticism of Secular and Religious Thought,” Annual Conference of the Society for U.S. Intellectual History, Indianapolis, Indiana, October 2014.
     

  16. “A Fractured Beginning: Christian Zionism and the Jerusalem Conference on Biblical Prophecy in 1971,” Annual Conference of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Lexington, Kentucky, June 2014.

LECTURES, WORKSHOPS & INVITED TALKS

 

  1. “Father, Son, and Ghost: The Netanyahu Family and Antiterrorism,” Ideas between Political Cultures and Cultural Politics Workshop, UW-Madison, November 2018.
     

  2. “Bridging the Gap: The Secular and Sacred in Evangelical Christian Zionism,” Interdisciplinary Religion Group inaugural speaker, University of Wisconsin-Madison, April 2018.
     

  3. “The Apocalyptic Element in Evangelical Culture,” Through a Glass Darkly: UCCS Symposium on Apocalyptic, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, March 2018.
     

  4. “Holy Land Tourism and Christian Zionism,” Institute for Research in the Humanities Seminar Series, University of Wisconsin-Madison, October 2017.
     

  5. “Reconciliation or Realpolitik? The Alliance between the American and Israeli Right,” Conference on Racism, Antisemitism, and the Radical Right, Yale University, September 2017.
     

  6. “Christian Zionism and U.S. Domestic Politics,” Past and Present research seminar, Harvard Kennedy School, April 2017.
     

  7. “Christian and Jewish Responses to the June 1967 War,” History and Public Policy Workshop discussion, Harvard Kennedy School, October 2016.
     

  8. “An ‘Apostle to the Gentiles’: Rabbi Marc H. Tanenbaum and Jewish-Christian Dialogue,” Symposium: Revolutions, Religion, and the Politics of Negotiating Space, UW-Madison, September 2015.
     

  9. “Christian Zionism and U.S.-Israel Relations,” 40th Annual Burning Issues Lecture Series, YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado, July 2015.
     

  10. “Errand into the Holy Land: Robert Lindsey and American Evangelicalism,” Entering the Kingdom of God: A Conference in Honor of Dr. Robert Lindsey, Jerusalem, Israel, June 2015.
     

  11. “‘What Civilization Has Come To’: Neoconservatives and Israel in the Era of Détente,” Rocky Mountain Interdisciplinary History Conference, University of Colorado, September 2009.
     

  12. “Antiquity and Modern America: Conceptions of Civil Disobedience,” Theology of 9/11 Conference, Colorado State University, February 2007.

OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE

 

  • Editor, Voices & Visions (vandvreader.org – public launch June 2017), a collaboratively built audio-visual reader for US foreign relations. In partnership with UW-Libraries Digital Collections, 2016-.

  • Grant Writer, Center for Religion and Global Citizenry, UW-Madison, 2018-.

  • Project Assistant, Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, UW-Madison, 2014.

  • Organizer, Worlds of American Intellectual History Lecture Series, University of Wisconsin-Madison, April 2014. Sponsored by American Democracy Forum, Harvey Goldberg Center, Merle Curti Chair Funds, Political Theory Workshop, and UW-Madison Anonymous Fund, 2014.

 

  • Program Assistant, UW-Madison Grand Strategy Program, 2011–2012.

 

  • Organizer, Grand Strategy Workshop, University of Wisconsin-Madison, April 2011: member of workshop organizing team. Sponsored by UW JASONs and International Strategic Studies, 2011.

ACADEMIC SERVICE

  • Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Religion Group, UW-Madison, 2017-

  • Coordinator, History and Public Policy Initiative Workshop, Harvard Kennedy School, 2016-17

  • Secretary, UW-Madison Intellectual History Group, 2014-15

  • Graduate Student-Faculty Liaison Committee Member, Modern European Jewish History Faculty Search, 2014

  • Founding Member, Illumen Numen Religious Studies Graduate Student Group, 2013

  • Graduate Student-Faculty Liaison Committee Chair, Diasporas in Asian History Faculty Search, 2011

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

 

  • American Historical Association

  • American Society of Church History

  • Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

  • Society for U.S. Intellectual History

LANGUAGES

 

  • Modern Hebrew (proficient)

  • Modern Standard Arabic (two years of coursework)