Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 2017

PhD in Religious Studies, Specializing in American Religious History and Media/Popular Culture; Rhetoric and Public Culture Cluster

Miami University, Oxford, OH 2011

Master’s of Arts in Comparative Religion; Thesis: “Shalom, God Bless, and Please Exit To Your Right”: A Cultural Ethnography of the Holy Land Experience Theme Park

Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 2009

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion, Summa Cum Laude; Honors Thesis: Stewart and Colbert: Exposing Religious Incongruity in America; Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies, Summa Cum Laude; Minor Degrees in Iberian Studies and American Studies

Professional Experience

Northwestern University

Assistant Director for Academic and Strategic Initiatives 2018 – present

  • Collect insights across various constituents, organize data, and develop strategic plan for The Graduate School.
  • Implement strategic priorities with seven-year plan and goals.
  • Manage various strategic plan implementation projects including convening councils, developing school-wide initiatives, and producing content for communication collateral.
  • Produce regular communication and presentation content for the Dean to convey to University leaders, Provost, and President.
  • Collaborate on curricular and academic projects, including protocols and policies for transfer students, student progress, graduate faculty, and progress reviews.
  • Develop strategic plan for assessment across graduate programs.
  • Implement and coordinate student pre-dissertation research program with faculty and administrators.
  • Assemble and craft documents for The Graduate School for the University’s decennial Program Review process.

Program Coordinator for Academic Affairs, The Graduate School 2017 – 2018

Academic Affairs Graduate Assistant, The Graduate School 2016 – 2017

Associate Chair, Hobart Residential College for Women 2019 – present

Fellow, Hobart Residential College for Women 2015-2019

Research Assistant to Robert Orsi 2013 – 2017

Graduate Mentor, Brady Center for Ethics and Civic Life 2012 – 2015

Awards and Honors

Northwestern University

The Graduate School Dean’s Award for Engagement 2015

The Dean awards one honoree in this area who has surpassed others that year in helping build networks that strengthen collaboration within the graduate and postdoctoral communities.

Miami University

Graduate School Thesis Award November 2010

Florida State University

Recipient of Department of Religion Academic Excellence Award 2009

Recipient of Outstanding Communication Studies Student Award 2009

Florida State University Outstanding Senior Scholar Recipient 2009

Honors Program 2005-2009

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Religion

American Catholic Historical Association

American Society of Church History

International Society for Media, Religion and Culture

Popular Culture and American Culture Associations

Theta Alpha Kappa, Religious Studies Honor Society