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Associate Professor of History, Baylor University
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women, gender, religion, Christianity, Protestantism, evangelicalism, mainline, higher education, college, university, nineteenth century, twentieth century, United States, American
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About Me

I am interested in the historical connections between gender ideals, religious beliefs and practices, and educational theory and practice. My first book, A New Moral Vision: Gender, Religion, and the Changing Purposes of American Higher Education, 1837-1917, examines how the entrance of women into U.S. colleges and universities shaped changing ideas about the religious and moral purposes of higher education during the era of the rise of the modern college and university. My current research project positions educated women and their organizational cultures as key players in the narrative of the Protestant fundamentalist-modernist controversy of the early twentieth century, which served as a precursor to the contemporary culture wars. I blog monthly at the group blog Religion in American History.

Recent Publications



  • “The Chief End of Man at Princeton: The Rise of Gendered Moral Formation in American Higher Education,” The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 15 (October 2016): 446–468
  • “The Many Purposes of American Higher Education,” Reviews in American History 44 (March 2016): 77-84
    • Review Essay of Roger Geiger, The History of American Higher Education: Learning and Culture from the Founding to World War II (2015) and David B. Potts, Wesleyan University, 1910-1970: Academic Ambition and Middle-Class America (2015)
  • Memories of Mary: Interpretations of the Founder in the Secularization Process of Mount Holyoke Seminary and College, 1837-1937, Perspectives on the History of Higher Education 28 (2011): 33-61
  • Ideological Origins of the Women’s College: Religion, Class and Curriculum in the Educational Visions of Catharine Beecher and Mary Lyon, History of Education Quarterly 50 (May 2010): 133-158
Media Coverage
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United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Higher Ed, Pedagogy, Religion, Women