PhD (2008), Florida State University, Religion (American Religious History)

MA (2003), Florida State University, Religion (American Religious History)

BA (2002), Florida State University, American Studies


The Zombies Are Coming!, Bondfire Books, 2013.


Gospel According to the Klan: The Ku Klux Klan’s Appeal to Protestant America, 1915-1930CultureAmerica, University Press of Kansas, 2011. Named Outstanding Academic Title (2012) by Choice.

Select Publications:

“Evidentiary Boundaries and Improper Interventions: Evidence, Implications and Illegitimacy in American Religious Studies,” Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 41:4 (November 2012): 2-11.

“Evangelizing Klansmen, Nationalizing the South: Faith, Fraternity and the Lost Cause Religion in the 1920s Klan,” Perspectives in Religious Studies, 39:3 (Fall 2012): 261-274.

“With a Shamble and a Moan: Zombie Eschatology in American Popular Culture,” Arc, Special Issue: Eschatology, 39 (2011): 1-11.

Robes, Fiery Crosses, and the American Flag: The Material Christianity and Intolerance of the 1920s Klan, Material Religion, 7:3 (November 2011), 312-342.

Getting Rapture Ready: The Materiality of the Rapture in North America,” Studies in World Christianity, Special Issue: Material Faith, 17:2 (August 2011), 101-118.

“Rome’s Reputation Is Stained with Protestant Blood: The Klan-Notre Dame Riot of May 1924,” Cushwa Center for Study of American Catholicism, Working Paper Series, Spring 2010.

“Female Leadership in Southern Religion (and American Religions),” Review Essay of Anthea Butler’s Women in the Church of God in Christ and Laura R. Olson et al’s Women With a Mission, Journal of Southern Religion, XI, 2009, online.

“Wrangling the Bull Gator,” Review Essay of Erskine Clarke’s Dwelling Place, Journal of Southern Religion, XI, 2009, online.

“Painting the Gospel: Henry Ossawa Tanner’s The Annunciation and Christ and Nicodemus,” Between the Texts and the Canvas, eds. Ela Nutu and J. Cheryl Exum, Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2007, pp. 190-212.

“A Visionary People: Religion and the Visual Arts,” Faith in America, ed. Charles Lippy, Praeger, 2006, pp. 25-44.

Select Digital Essays:

Evil Religion?”, Christianity Century, May 2013, online.

A Kinder, Gentler Ku Klux Klan?“, The Atlantic, June 2012, online.

“The Westboro Baptist Church vs. The Ku Klux Klan?”, History News Network, 2011, online.

The Birth of Glenn Beck’s Nation,” Religion Dispatches, July 2011, online.

“Religion and the Rise of the Second Ku Klux Klan, 1915-1922,” The Readex Report, 4:3, September 2009, online.

“Glamour, Nostalgia, and Coming of Age: The Prom as Sacred,” Religion Dispatches, May 2009, online.

Select Grants and Awards

Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence (2013), University of Tennessee

Scholar of the Week (2012), University of Tennessee

Mary Jo Small Fellow (2012), Society of Values in Higher Education

Graduate Research and Creativity Award (2008)

Best New Weblog (Blog) for 2007: Religion in American History, Cliopatria (2008)

CUSHWA Center for the Study of American Catholicism Research Travel Grant  (2007)

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