Research

Books

Exhibiting Evangelicalism: Commemoration and Religion’s Presence of the Past

Exhibiting Evangelicalism is the first book-length study of the history of evangelical museums and historical sites in the twentieth- and twenty-first-century United States. It argues that evangelical purveyors of public memory have forged a unique set of practices for preserving and interpreting the past and have deployed those practices toward varying theological, cultural, and political ends–an approach I term “evangelical heritage.” It also argues that these practices existed within and contributed to broader patterns of historical commemoration, including discourses central to the emerging profession of public history.

Based on extensive research in numerous archives and drawing upon previously inaccessible sources, Exhibiting Evangelicalism offers a new narrative of the culture wars and of religion’s role in shaping public culture in the United States.

The book will be published by the University of Massachusetts Press in 2022, in their “Public History in Historical Perspective” series.

Worthy of the Calling: Biographies of Paul & Lela Swalm Hostetler, Harvey and Erma Heise Sider, and Luke Jr. and Doris Bowman Keefer (with Beth Hostetler Mark and AnnaRuth Sider Osborne)

This edited volume collects biographies of three twentieth-century leaders of the North American Brethren in Christ Church. Together the biographies explore the experiences of Brethren in Christ couples engaged in pastoral ministry, missionary work, church administration, and theological education.

For a review of the book, see John Hawbaker’s review in Brethren in Christ History and Life.

Articles & Book Reviews

My scholarship has appeared in a number of academic journals, including Church History, Fides et Historia, Mennonite Quarterly Review, Brethren in Christ History and Life, The Conrad Grebel Review, The Covenant Quarterly, and more.

Below are links to some of my scholarly articles:

For a complete list of my publications, check out my curriculum vitae.

Current Projects

Book Project — Storyteller: The Life and Times of E. Morris Sider. This book is a biography of one of the most important scholars of the Brethren in Christ tradition whose work as a historian, college professor, editor, and public intellectual has significantly deepened the denomination’s engagement with and knowledge of its past. Under contract with the Brethren in Christ Historical Society.

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