Summer 2019 Course – HIST 140A: Early Modern Britain

Fall 2019 course – HIST 2B: World History, 1000-1700

Personal Statement:

I work on religion and culture in Tudor-Stuart England, specifically the intersection of official religious policy and local enforcement and (re)interpretation thereof. My current research looks at the dynamics of religious identity formation during the Tudor Reformations through personal and corporate acts of iconoclasm and iconophilia in English parish churches.

My teaching situates the history of early modern Britain within the broader European context of political and religious processes born of the Protestant and Catholic Reformations, as well as tracking the development of world historical processes from the early modern period to the present.

Dissertation Title:

“The Temple Well Purged or the Spoil of Traditional Religion? Iconoclasm, Iconophilia, and Negotiating Religious Change at the Local Level during the Tudor Reformations, 1530–1553.”

Selected Publications:


“Conflict and Compromise in Long Melford: Strategies of Conformity and Resistance in aSuffolk Parish, 1547–1553.” Article in preparation for submission to a scholarly journal.

“Electing Alexander… or Not? The Development and Reception of a Reacting to the PastRole-Immersion Game Based on the Conclave of 1492.” Chapter in preparation for The Fortunes of the Borgia Family, an edited volume under contract with Routledge.

“Playing With the Past: Teaching History through Role-Play Simulations and Games.” Paper in preparation for an academic conference in 2019-20.


“Churchwardens in early Tudor England: On the Edge of Sacred and Secular.” Selected Proceedings from “On the Edge,” March 2015. The Reading Medievalist, vol. 3, edited by H. Mahood (University of Reading, October 2016): 76-92.

“From Bread and Wine to Body and Blood… and Back Again: The Significance of Changes Made to the Eucharist under Henry VIII and Edward VI.” Tufts Historical Review 8 (2015): 109–136.

Review of Reading Augustine in the Reformation: The Flexibility of Intellectual Authority in Europe, 1500–1620, by Arnoud S. Q. Visser. Past Tense: Graduate Review of History 3, no. 1 (2015): 81–82.

Review of A Very Brief History of Eternity, by Carlos Eire. Cultural Encounters—A Journal for the Theology of Culture 7, no. 1 (2011): 146–148.

Review of The New Shape of World Christianity: How American Experience Reflects Global Faith, by Mark A. Noll. Cultural Encounters—A Journal for the Theology of Culture 6, no. 1 (2010): 120–123.

Teaching Fields:

  • Tudor-Stuart Britain
  • Early Modern Europe (Renaissance-Reformation)
  • World History
  • Western Civilization
  • United States (Colonial Era-1830s)
  • History of Christianity and the Comparative History of Religion
  • Material Religion and Iconoclasm in Early Modern Europe

Courses Taught:

Teaching Associate, University of California, Santa Barbara

History 140A: Early Modern Britain (Summer 2019)

History 114C: History of Christianity, 1300–1648 (Summer 2017)

History 102WT: Negotiating Religious Change in Tudor England (Spring 2016)


Teaching Assistant, University of California, Santa Barbara

History 2A: World History, Prehistory–1000 (Winter 2017, Winter 2019)

History 2B: World History, 1000–1700 (Winter 2015)

History 2C: World History, 1700–Present (Fall 2014)

History 4B: Medieval & Early Modern Europe, 800–1700 (Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Winter 2018, Spring 2019)

History 4C: Modern Europe, 1715–Present (Fall 2013, Spring 2018)

History 17A: The American People, Colonial Era–1830s (Fall 2018)

INT 184ZF, Honors Seminar: Reacting to the Past—The American Revolution in New York City, 1775–1776 (Spring 2015)


Student Instructor, Portland State University, Department of History

HST 509, Graduate Student Practicum: “The Craft of Scholarly Editing” (Winter 2011, Spring 2012, Winter 2012)


Teaching Assistant, Multnomah Biblical Seminary

HTh 704: Reformation and Post-Reformation Theology (Spring 2008, Spring 2009)

HTh 703: Patristic and Medieval Theology (Fall 2008)



Awards & Professional Activities:


  • Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellowship, The Huntington Library, 2018
  • Regent’s Dissertation Fellowship, UCSB Department of History, Spring & Fall 2017
  • Carl S. Meyer Prize, Sixteenth Century Society & Conference, 2016
  • UCSB Crossroads Fellowship, “Conflict and Accommodation in Global Borderlands,” 2015–2016
  • Albert & Elaine Borchard Foundation European Studies Fellowship, 2015–2016
  • Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grant, Graduate Division, UC Santa Barbara, 2015–2016
  • Esmé Frost Fellowship, Department of History, UC Santa Barbara, 2015
  • Academic Senate Doctoral Student Travel Grant, UC Santa Barbara, 2014–2015
  • History Associates Fellowship, UC Santa Barbara, 2014
  • Dean’s Fellowship, Graduate Division, UC Santa Barbara, 2012–2013
  • Caroline P. Stoel Graduate Editorial Fellowship, Pacific Historical Review, 2010–2011 & 2011–2012
  • Lauren Banasky Scholarship for Graduate Research in History, Portland State University, 2011–2012



  • Graduate Student Association Excellence in Teaching Award, UC Santa Barbara, nominated 2015 & 2017, winner 2018
  • Dick Cook Memorial Award for Outstanding Research, Service, and Teaching, 2018
  • Lead Teaching Assistant, UC Santa Barbara History Department, 2014–2015
  • Treasurer, History Graduate Student Association, UC Santa Barbara, 2013–2017
  • Academic Senate Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, UC Santa Barbara, nominated 2014 & 2019
  • English Broadside Ballad Archive, UC Santa Barbara, Summer Editorial Assistant, 2013
  • Outstanding Service Award, Department of History, Portland State University, 2012
  • English History Award, Department of History, Portland State University, 2012
  • Best Overall Paper, Phi Alpha Theta Pacific Northwest Regional Meeting, April 2012
  • Graduate Seminar Paper Award, Department of History, Portland State University, 2011


“Making a Deal with the Devil? Parish Record Keeping and Strategies of Conformity during the early Tudor Reformation.” American Historical Association / American Catholic History Association, Chicago, IL, January 2019.

“The Parish Church as Borderland: Re-Conceptualizing the Performance and Contestation of Religious Identity in Tudor England.” Sixteenth Century Society & Conference, Milwaukee, WI, October 2017.

“Blessed are the Peacemakers? Negotiating Religious Change in East Anglia, 1547–53.” American Historical Association, Denver, CO, January 2017.

“Conflict and Compromise in an English Parish: Long Melford under Edward VI.” Sixteenth Century Society & Conference, Vancouver, BC, October 2015. (Carl S. Meyer Prize Winner)

“Churchwardens in early Tudor England: On the Edge of Sacred and Secular.” Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading, United Kingdom, March 2015.

“Iconoclasm and Iconolatry: Responses to Religious Change in Henrician East Anglia.” Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies. Riverside, CA, March 2014.

“Churchwardens and the Mediation of Religious Change under Edward VI.” History Graduate Student Symposium. California State University, Fresno, April 2013.

“Local Reception of Liturgical and Doctrinal Reform under Henry VIII: Evidence from Three Suffolk Parishes.” Pacific Coast Branch, American Historical Association. San Diego, CA, August 2012.

“Local Reception of Liturgical and Doctrinal Reform under Henry VIII: Evidence from Three Suffolk Parishes.” Phi Alpha Theta Northwest Regional Meeting. Spokane, WA, April 2012.

“Turning Action into Belief: The Significance of Changes Made to the Ritual Celebration of the Eucharist in England, 1534–1552.” Phi Alpha Theta Northwest Regional Meeting. Seattle University, April 2011.