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


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.



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.


“Islam in Greater Philadelphia.” The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. (Forthcoming).

“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:

“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:

Upcoming Conferences:

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: