Ph.D., University of Alabama, Department of History, 2009
M.A., University of Alabama, Department of History, 2005
B.A., Berry College, Department of History, 2003
Western Governors University
Manager, History Course Faculty, Teachers College, 2017-present
Western Governors University
Project Manager, General Education Program Development, 2015-2017
- Certified Scrum Master (2016)
Curriculum Program Manager (interim), General Education, January-May 2016
Course Mentor, General Education Social Sciences, 2011-2015
- Courses Taught: Themes and Applications in U.S. and World History, Survey of U.S. History, Survey of World History, Introduction to Geography
- Program Development Specialist, Survey of U.S. History and Survey of World History, 2013- 2015
- Course Maintenance Specialist, Survey of U.S. History and Survey of World History, 2013-2015
Course Mentor, Teachers College, Secondary Education Social Sciences, 2011-2013
- Courses Taught: U.S. History to 1865, U.S. History since 1865, World History to 1500, World History since 1500
Stephen F. Austin State University
Adjunct Faculty, Department of History, 2008-2011
- Courses Taught: U.S. History to 1877, U.S. History since 1877
The University of Alabama
Book Review Editor, Southern Historian, Department of History, University of Alabama, 2007-2008
Editor, Southern Historian, Department of History, University of Alabama, 2006-2007
Assistant Editor/Marketing Director, Southern Historian, Department of History, University of Alabama, 2005-2006
Ministers and Masters: Methodism, Manhood, and Honor in the Old South (Louisiana State University Press, 2011).
“The Making of the Southern Megachurch” (Louisiana State University Press, under contract and forthcoming).
Articles and Essays:
“The Megachurch in Christian History,” in Stephen Hunt, ed., Brill Handbook on Megachurches. (Brill Publishers, under contract and in progress).
“‘Contraband’ Women: Gender, Race, and Resistance in Union Camps,” with Kristopher Teters, in Megan Bever and Laura Mammina, eds., Civil and Uncivil Wars (Louisiana State University Press, under advance contract and submitted to press).
“Sanctifying the SUV: Megachurches, the Prosperity Gospel, and the Suburban Christian,” in John Archer, Paul J.P. Sandul, and Katherine Solomonson, eds., Making Suburbia: New Histories of Everyday America (University of Minnesota Press, 2015), 240-258.
“Lakewood Church and the Roots of the Megachurch Movement in the South,” Southern Quarterly 50 (Fall 2012): 60-78.
“A Popular Historian: A Conversation with James M. McPherson,” in Megan L. Bever and Scott A. Suarez, eds., Historian Behind the History: Conversations with Southern Historians (The University of Alabama Press, 2014), 46-64.
“The Sacred Circle: Evangelical Ministers and Family in Antebellum Alabama,” Alabama Heritage 106 (Fall 2012): 16-23.
“The Basement: Foundations of Alabama’s Largest Christian Youth Movement,” Alabama Heritage 100 (Spring 2011): 62-64.
FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS, AND AWARDS
Contributions to Mentoring Award, Western Governors University, 2015
Contributions to Mentoring Award, Western Governors University, 2014
Dedication to Student Success Award, Western Governors University, 2013
History Department Dissertation Fellowship, University of Alabama, Fall 2008
Graduate Council Research Grant, University of Alabama, 2007
Graduate Council Fellowship, University of Alabama, 2007-2008
Frank Lawrence Owsley Memorial Scholarship, Department of History, University of Alabama, 2007
Women’s Studies Award for Research on Women Department of Women’s Studies, University of Alabama, 2005
“Teaching the College Survey as a Dual Enrollment Course: A Syllabus Workshop,” Louisiana Historical Association, Shreveport, Louisiana, March 2017.
“Show and Tell: Creating Videos with Animation and Images to Make Abstract Ideas Stick,” American Historical Association, Denver, Colorado, January 2017.
“The Traditional Survey is Dead, Long Live the Survey: Refashioning the U.S. and World Survey Courses for the Twenty-First Century, A Panel Discussion,” Louisiana Historical Association, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, March 2016.
“Adventures in On-Line Courses, Distance Learning, and MOOCs,” Louisiana Historical Association Annual Meeting, Hammond, Louisiana, March 2014.
“‘Delay Doesn’t Mean Denial’: Women and the Prosperity Gospel,” American Academy of Religion Southwest, Irving, Texas, March 2013.
“Lakewood Church: The Message of Utopianism in Megachurch Architecture,” Texas State Historical Association Annual Meeting, Houston, Texas, March 2012.
“Warehouses for God: Megachurches, Religious Consumerism, and Suburban Utopia,” Urban Historical Association, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 2010.
“Everything’s Bigger in Texas: Mega-Religion in Lone Star Suburbia,” Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 2010.
“The Spiritual Slave: Disobedience and Inverted Hierarchy in Antebellum Southern Methodist Rhetoric,” American Society of Church History, American Historical Association, New York City, New York, January 2009.
“’The Sacred Circle’: Evangelical Ministers and the Family in Antebellum Alabama,” Alabama Historical Association, Opelika, Alabama, April 2007.
Southern Religion, Southern Culture: Essays Honoring Charles Reagan Wilson edited by Darren E. Grem, Ted Ownby, and James G. Thomas, Jr, in The Journal of Southern History (forthcoming).
The Sacred Mirror: Evangelicalism, Honor, and Identity in the Deep South, 1790-1860 by Robert Elder, in Journal of Mississippi History (Fall/Winter 2017).
My Brother Slaves: Friendship, Masculinity, and Resistance in the Antebellum South by Sergio A. Lussana, in American Historical Review 122 (June 2017).
The Civil War in Southern Appalachian Methodism by Durwood Dunn, in Civil War History 61 (December 2015).
Southern Crucifix, Southern Cross: Catholic-Protestant Relations in the Old South by Andrew H. M. Stern, in Alabama Review 67 (July 2014).
Into the Pulpit: Southern Baptist Women and Power since World War II by Elizabeth H. Flowers, in H-Net Reviews (January 2013).
Moses, Jesus, and the Trickster in the Evangelical South by Paul Harvey, in The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 111 (Winter 2013).
Downhome Gospel: African American Activism in Wiregrass Country by Jerrilyn McGregory, in The Journal of Southern History 78 (August 2012).
The Real South: Southern Narrative in the Age of Cultural Reproduction by Scott Romine, in The East Texas Historical Journal 49 (January 2010).
The Faiths of the Founding Fathers by David L. Holmes, in Southern Historian 28 (Spring 2007).
A Shattered Nation: The Rise and Fall of the Confederacy, 1861-1868 by Anne Sarah Rubin, in Southern Historian 27 (Spring 2006).
Oxford University Press, 2014 and 2018
University of Georgia Press, 2017 and 2018
Journal of Southern Religion, 2018
North Carolina Historical Review, 2018
Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, 2016
Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s History, 2015
Alabama Review, September 2014 and 2015
Culture, Society & Masculinities, 2011
ONLINE AND NEWSPAPER PUBLISHING
Contributor, Huffington Post, July 2014-2018
Contributor, Religion in American History (academic blog), March 2011-2015
Columnist, “Faith Traditions,” Daily Sentinel (Nacogdoches, Texas), 2013-2015
Member, Teaching History Committee, Louisiana Historical Association, August 2015-present
Member, Conrad Prize Committee (for best published work on Louisiana History), Louisiana Historical Association, 2017-2018
Member, History Tuning Project, American Historical Association, January 2015-2016
Founding Member, Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, Western Governors University, 2013-2014
Representative, Faculty Senate, Stephen F. Austin State University (SFASU), May 2010- December 2010
INVITED LECTURES AND COMMUNITY PANELS
Invited Panelist, “Teaching the College Survey as a Dual Enrollment Course: A Follow-Up Workshop,” Louisiana Technical University, July 2017
Presenter, “Understanding Feminism Today,” Women’s History Month Program, Western Governors University, March 2017
Invited Lecturer, “The Confident Woman: Women’s Growing Authority in the Evangelical Church,” Louisiana Technical University, March 2016
Panelist, “Panel Discussion: 12 Years a Slave,” Black History Month Program, Western Governors University, February 2014
Commenter, “Have We Come a Long Way, Baby?: Women’s Rights in a Federal System,” Constitution Week Program, Western Governors University, September 2013
Panelist, “’Lean In’ Circles and Feminism,” Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling, Panel Celebrating Women’s History Month, Western Governors University, March 2013
Panelist, “Bodies of the Enslaved: Sexuality, Masculinity, and Femininity as Represented in Django and in the History of the South,” Black History Month Celebration, Western Governors University, February 2013
Lecturer, “Public Education and the State: The 10th Amendment and the Rejection of National Standards,” Western Governors University, Constitution Week, September 2012
Panelist, “Should Your President Share Your Faith?: A Discussion of Religion and the Presidency,” Western Governors University, Social Sciences Week, February, 2012
Invited Book Talk, Ministers and Masters, Berry College, March 2013
Invited Lecturer, “Using Electronic Sources,” SFASU, Fall 2010 and Spring 2011.
Invited Lecturer, “Methodist Manhood in the Antebellum South, Where the Spiritual and Secular Meet,” Stephen F. Austin Lecture Series on Religion, Society, and Culture, June 2009
Invited Lecturer, “United by Faith, Separated By Color: Black Churches, Community, and American Culture,” Lest We Forget: Preserving African American Culture and History Program, Nacogdoches, Texas, February 2009
Historian, Clay House Restoration Project, African American Heritage Project, Nacogdoches, TX (pending contract)
Co-organizer, Lavender Prom, 2018 and 2019
American Historical Association
Louisiana Historical Association
Organization of American Historians
Southern Historical Association