I am a historian of religion, culture, and everyday life in the early modern world. I hold positions as visiting assistant professor and J. Winfield Fretz visiting research scholar at Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo.
My book manuscript, currently in preparation, examines the effects of public expressions of religious minorities’ cultures on possibilities for coexistence with the majority, using seventeenth-century Swiss Anabaptists as a case study. In a second project, I explore how archival cultures and practices have shaped historiographical characterizations of early modern Anabaptist separateness. My research has received support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Leibniz-Institute for European History, and the Society for Reformation Research.
In the classroom, I work to help students master course content and also use subject matter to engage students in the tasks of historical research: the identification and evaluation of historical evidence, the construction and critique of historical argumentation, and peer review. The topics of my teaching are diverse, and include courses in the history of early Europe and the world, the history of Christianity, colonial Latin American history, and historiographical methods.
I’ve also sought to share the results of my research with a broader public, particularly in the area of Anabaptist-Mennonite studies. I write regularly for the Anabaptist Historians blog and contributed to the Zurich station of the Reformation 2017 European Roadmap. In 2016, I published Common Witness: A Story of Ministry Partnership between French and North American Mennonites, 1963-2003 with the Institute of Mennonite Studies, which appeared in French translation as Témoignage Commun: Histoire d’un Partenariat Missionnaire entre Mennonites Français et Nord-Americains (Éditions de la Talwogne, 2016).