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

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

  • Collaborate on curricular and academic projects, including protocols and policies for transfer students, student progress, graduate faculty, and progress reviews.
  • Organizing quarterly meetings for over 80 Directors of Graduate Study.
  • Annually Facilitate progress reviews for 40 doctoral and masters’ programs and distill key insights for implementation
  • Develop strategic plan for assessment across graduate programs.
  • Implement and coordinate student pre-dissertation research program with faculty and administrators.

Fellow, Hobart Residential College for Women, Graduate Fellow 2015 – present

Academic Affairs Graduate Assistant, The Graduate School 2016 – 2017

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.

The Graduate School Conference Travel Award August 2014

Miami University

Graduate School Thesis Award November 2010

Graduate Student Association Travel Award February 2010

Department of Comparative Religion Travel Award February 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