Assistant Professor of History and Southern Studies
University of Mississippi, 2012-present

Postdoctoral Fellow
Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Emory University, 2011-2012

Postdoctoral Fellow
Yale Center for Faith and Culture, Yale University, 2010-2011


Ph.D., 2010
University of Georgia
Dissertation: “The Blessings of Business: Corporate America and Conservative Evangelicalism in the Sunbelt Age, 1945-2000”
Committee: James C. Cobb (chair), John C. Inscoe, Laura Mason, Bethany Moreton
Winner, C. Vann Woodward Award for best dissertation in southern history, Southern Historical Association

M.A., 2004
University of Georgia

B.A., 2001
Furman University


Hard Times in Mind: The Great Depression in American Memory (research stage)

The Blessings of Business: How Corporations Shaped Conservative Christianity (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016)

Edited Volumes

Southern Religions, Southern Cultures: Essays Honoring Charles Reagan Wilson, with Ted Ownby and James G. Thomas, Jr., eds. (under contract, University Press of Mississippi)

The Business Turn in American Religious History, with John Corrigan and Amanda Porterfield, eds. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017)

Articles/Chapters (selected)

Christianity Today, J. Howard Pew, and the Business of Conservative Evangelicalism,” Enterprise & Society (March 2014)

“The Marketplace Missions of S. Truett Cathy and Chick-fil-A,” in Michelle Nickerson and Darren Dochuk, eds., Sunbelt Rising: The Politics of Space, Place, and Region (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011).

“Selling a ‘Disneyland for the Devout’: Religious Marketing at Jim Bakker’s Heritage USA,” in Dominic Janes, ed., Shopping for Jesus: Faith in Marketing in the USA (Washington, D.C.: New Academia Press, 2008).

“‘The South Got Something to Say’: Atlanta’s Dirty South and the Southernization of Hip-Hop America,” Southern Cultures (Winter 2006).