I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, before attending BYU for my undergraduate degree. After graduating from BYU I completed an MA in literature and literary theory at the University of Virginia, after which I worked in Washington, DC, for several years. I then returned to the academy to attend the University of Chicago, this time in History, where I completed my degree in 2011 and joined the faculty at BYU.
Research InterestsMy research focuses on American political institutions both inside and outside the United States. I research political economy in the broad sense that the term used to have that included philosophical and moral questions along with economic reasoning.
Teaching InterestsMy teaching interests include US Intellectual, Political and Economic History as well as America in the World. In my teaching I try to show the broad arc of particular ideas that have animated American History during the 20th century, such as broad shifts in what Americans think of virtue, personal freedom, American identity and America’s role in global politics.
- PhD, 20th Century US History , University of Chicago (2011)
- MA, Literature and Literary Theory , Philosophy, University of Virginia (1995)
- BA, English , German, Brigham Young University (1992)
Honors and Awards
- Outstanding Teacher Award, BYU History Department (2014 - 2015)
- Society for US Intellectual History (2018 - Present)
- History of Economics Society (2017 - Present)
- Sociey for Historians of American Foreign Relations (2017 - Present)
- Organization of American Historians (2015 - Present)
- American Historical Association (2009 - Present)
- Editor, Associate Editor, H-Net Commons (2020 - Present)
- Grant Proposal Reviewer, External, National Endowment of the Humanities (2020 - 2020)
- Member, American Historical Association (Pacific Coast Branch) (2017 - 2017)
- Member, History of Economics Society (2017 - 2017)
- Member, Informal Economy Summit (2017 - 2017)
- Member, Policy History (2016 - 2016)
- Other, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (2014 - 2014)
- Other, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (2013 - 2013)
- Media Interview, BYU Radio (2013 - 2013)