I specialize in the global dimensions of twentieth century American religion and am broadly interested in the global scope and engagement of American Christianity. I have also researched and written on transatlantic religious networks and the history of German Protestantism
My first book, God’s Marshall Plan, explores how American Protestants exported their domestic culture wars to Germany in the aftermath of two world wars. Yet in seeking to remake Germany in their own image, they instead found themselves remade. In particular, this book shows how the American struggle for Europe’s soul fostered more tolerant theologies of global and civic engagement that transformed transatlantic religion, politics, and diplomacy.
Along with my academic publications, I enjoy writing for a general public audience and have published short pieces with The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Christianity Today.
“The Unfinished Work of V-E Day,” Washington Post, May 8, 2020.
“Martin Niemöller: Confessing Pastor and Repentant Nationalist,” Christianity Today, May 17, 2019.
“Billy Graham, Cold Warrior for God,” The New York Times, February 23, 2018.
“Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the St. Nicholas Church, and the 1989 Monday Demonstrations: A Case Study of Theopolitical Engagement in the German Democratic Republic,” Journal of Church and State 59, no. 4 (2017): 547-565.
“Creating, Practicing, and Researching a Global Faith: Conceptualizations of World Christianity in the American Protestant Pastorate and Seminary Classroom, 1893 to Present,” Journal of World Christianity 6, no. 2 (2016): 217-236.
“Reviving the Heartland: American Lutherans, Postwar Internationalism, and the Crisis of Germany, 1940-1949.” Journal of the Lutheran Historical Conference 5 (2015): 62-84.
“Reforming Christendom: Transatlantic Networks and the German-American Protestant Exchange,” in Multipolarity and Bipolar Confrontations: Political, Theological, and Worldview Aspects of Transatlantic Relations (Wiesbaden: Springer Verlag, 2018), 145-173.
In 2018, I also co-directed Enduring Trends and New Directions: A Conference on the History of American Christianity, held in honor of Dr. Mark Noll.