I am an assistant professor of history at Trinity University. A diplomatic historian by training, I have research interests in the history of U.S. foreign relations, religion, and the international human rights movement. At Trinity, I teach courses on modern United States history, U.S. diplomatic history, and public history.
My current book project, To Bring the Good News to All Nations: Evangelicals, Human Rights, and U.S. Foreign Policy, 1969-1994, illuminates the complex and deeply significant ways in which religion and religious groups interacted with foreign policy, political culture, and the international human rights regime to shape America’s role in the modern world. In my research, I examine the growth and influence of Christian foreign policy lobbying groups in the United States beginning in the 1970s, assessing the effectiveness of Christian efforts to attain foreign aid for favored regimes and to impose economic and diplomatic sanctions on those nations that persecuted Christians and stifled evangelism. My manuscript gauges the effect that evangelical involvement and American policy had on society and politics in Guatemala, South Africa, and the Soviet Union. These case studies reveal the extent of Christian influence on American foreign policy, the outcome of these policies on the ground, and the seemingly paradoxical support that evangelicals lent to repressive authoritarian regimes in the name of human rights.
I earned my doctorate in history from the University of Virginia in 2015, and I hold a degree in museum studies from New York University as well as a degree in history from Vassar College. In addition to my research and teaching, I have professional experience in public history, museum exhibition design, and instructional technology.