• PhD – Religion – Temple University
  • ThM – Religion and Society – Princeton Theological Seminary
  • MDiv – Palmer Theological Seminary
  • BA – Political Science – Bethel University


  • American Academy of Religion
  • The Organization of American Historians
  • American Historical Association
  • American Studies Association
  • Historical Society of Pennsylvania



Myths of the Rune Stone: Viking Martyrs and the Birthplace of America. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015.

Book Chapters:

“Penn’s ‘Holy Experiment’: The Vision and Reality of Religious Pluralism in Colonial Philadelphia” in Religion in Philadelphia by Temple University Press, 2016.


“Methodism.” The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. (forthcoming).

Islam.” The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. (2019).

“Straight Edge Religion: Hardcore Punk and the Sober Revolution.” Marginalia: A Los Angeles Review of Books Channel, March 17, 2015 . Available at:

“Christianity and Violence.” Religion Compass 7, no. 7 (July 2013): 243-251.

“Vikings Read with Blood and Dead: Viking Martyrs and the Conquest of the American Frontier.” Claremont Journal of Religion 1, no.1 (January 2012): 159-174. Available at:

Book Reviews:

Review of Blacks and Jews in America: An Invitation to Dialogue. by Terrance L. Johnson and Jacque Berlinerblau. Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Vol. 57, Number 4, Fall 2022.

Review of American Covenant: A History of Civil Religion from the Puritans to the Present by Philip Gorski. The Journal of Religion. Vol. 99, No.2, April 2019.

Review of The Place of Stone: Dighton Rock and the Erasure of America’s Indigenous Past by Douglas Hunter. The Public Historian, Vol. 40, May 2018, No.2.

“Sonic Religion and Urban Space.”  Review of Religion Out Loud: Religious Sound, Public Space, and American Pluralism, by Isaac Weiner. Religion in American History Blog, November 3, 2014.

Book Review of Coping with Evil in Religion and Culture: Case Studies, edited by Nelly van Doorn-Harder and Lourens Minnema. Published online in Journal of Ecumenical Studies 44:3 (2009): 694. Available at:


November 2018. Panel Participant: “Another Plan A: Religious Studies Education and Careers beyond the Academy.” American Academy of Religion Conference 2018 (Denver, Colorado).

September 2018. “The Sacralization of the Kensington Rune Stone: Constructing a Myth of America’s Birth.” The 19th Biennial Conference for the International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture. (Uppsala University and Stockholm School of Theology).

November 2016. “Islamic Men’s Fashion in the Streets of Philly.” American Academy of Religion Conference 2016 (San Antonio, Texas).

November 2015.”Straight Edge Religion: Hardcore Punk and the Sober Revolution.” American Academy of Religion Conference 2015 (Atlanta, Georgia).

April 16-19, 2015. [Paper Accepted.] “A Holy Mission to Minnesota: Viking Martyrs and the Birth of a Christian Nation,” American Society of Church History 2015 (Minneapolis, MN). This is part of a panel I co-organized called “Religion in Lake Wobegon: Reviving the Study of a ‘Lost Region.’”


“Festschrift for John Raines.” Available at:


2014-2015: Mary Jo Small Fellow: Society for Values in Higher Education — fully-funded participant at the 90th Annual SVHE Meeting at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

2009: Chosen for fully-funded interreligious dialogue journey to Turkey sponsored by the Philadelphia Dialogue Forum.

2007:  Chosen by the Henry Luce Foundation to travel to Yogyakarta, Indonesia, to attend one month of fully-funded study at the Center for Religious and Cultural Studies at Gadja Madha University.