Associate Vice Provost, Teacher Education and Associate Professor of History
Fields of Study: Religion, genocide and human rights, United States and the World, colonial empires, comparative and transnational history.
Office: Zulauf Hall 701
Education: Ph.D. Indiana University, 2003
Current Research: I am working on a project that explores the impact of American religion and the development of human rights ideals in the Untied States as each was transformed by their confluence within the political and social arenas during the ages of the American industrial revolution, imperialism, and World War I. I argue that the three major strains of American religious denominations -- liberal, conservative, and mainstream -- were forced to make significant accommodations and alterations to their theology and practice as they were, wittingly and unwittingly, cast into the public sphere in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries but this intercourse of religion with the larger national agenda simultaneously built the foundations for the nation's human rights policies of later decades. I am also working on a project that focuses on the "Cyprus Question" and the divisions between the Turkish and Greek Communities as well as several smaller projects that center on human rights violations, genocide, and instruction.
Teaching Interests: The intersections of religion, violence, human rights violations, and public commemoration in American and Global society.
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Director, Genocide and Human Rights Institute and editor of E-wareness! http://www.niu.edu/clasep/conferences/institutes/genocide2/index.shtml
Editorial Board, Pennsylvania History (2008-2011)
Co-editor, Dictionary of Unitarian Universalist Biography (with Peter Hughes): www25.uua.org/uuhs/duub