Professional writer with a PhD in American literature from Johns Hopkins University. Academic expertise in the intersections of nineteenth-century American literature, religion, race, and politics. Bylines in a variety of academic and popular outlets (including The Washington Post, Deseret News, and Religion & Politics) about topics as varied as Harriet Beecher Stowe’s sentimentalism and modern cinema, the teaching of the Book of Mormon as American literature, and Bernie Sanders’ relationship to eighteenth-century religious universalism.