Ph.D., History, UCLA, 2008
M.A., History, San Francisco State University, 2001
B.A., Journalism, University of Oregon, 1996
My research focuses on race, ethnicity, and religion in the nineteenth-century United States, especially in the American West. My book American Heathens: Religion, Race, and Reconstruction in California was published by the University of California Press / Huntington Library in 2012. The book examines contestations over the place of Native Americans and Chinese Americans from the Civil War to the 1890s, demonstrating the centrality of religion in racial formation and the importance of California in the story of Reconstruction. I am currently at work on a new book project, "Unholy Sensations: Sex, Religion, and Scandal in the Gilded Age," which explores an international 1890s sex scandal that surrounded the Brotherhood of the New Life, a multi-racial spiritualist community. In 2010 I was selected as an American Council of Learned Societies New Faculty Postdoctoral Fellow. From 2010-2012 I was a Young Scholar of American Religion Fellow at IUPUI's Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture.
American Heathens: Religion, Race, and Reconstruction in California (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press / Huntington Library, 2012)
"'Woman Is Everywhere the Purifier': The Politics of Temperance, 1878-1900," in California Women and Politics: From the Gold Rush to the Great Depression (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2011), 59-76.
"Anti-Catholicism and Race in Post-Civil-War San Francisco," Pacific Historical Review 78 (Fall 2009): 505-44.
Editor, A World Transformed: Firsthand Accounts of California before the Gold Rush (Berkeley: Heyday Books, 1999).
2013 Summer Research Fellowship, Mary Baker Eddy Library, Boston
2010-2012 New Faculty Fellow, American Council of Learned Societies
2010-2012 Young Scholars in American Religion Fellow, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
2007 Western History Dissertation Fellowship, John and LaRee Caughey Foundation, New York
2007 Research Grant for Interethnic Studies, Institute of American Cultures, UCLA
2007 Research Fellowship, Presbyterian Historical Society, Philadelphia
2006-2007 Keck Foundation Fellowship for Young Scholars, Huntington Library