Ph.D., History, University of Oklahoma
Dissertation: “Between Dixie and Zion: Southern Baptists’ Palestine Questions.”
(winner of the OU Provost’s Dissertation Prize)
Concentrations: U.S. Post-1865, Jewish History, Religion in the American South

“Jacob Gartenhaus: The Southern Baptists’ Jew,” Journal of Southern Religion v. 19 (2017)

Review of Melanie Trexler, Evangelizing Lebanon (Waco: Baylor, 2016). Reading Religion (2017).

“American Cyrus? Harry Truman, the Bible, and the Palestine Question,” Journal of Church and State (advance online access, 2016)

Review of Christine Leigh Heyrman, American Apostles (NY: Hill and Wang, 2015). Reading Religion (2016).

“Wine and Alcoholic Beverages,” in The Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, online edition, ed. Norman Stillman (Leiden: Brill, 2014)

“A Meshummad in Dixie: Jacob Gartenhaus as a Convert Missionary in the Southern Baptist Convention, 1921-1949.” In Konversion in Räumen jüdischer Geschichte, eds. Carsten Schapkow and Martin Przybilski (Wiesbaden: Dr. Ludwig Reichert Academic Press, 2014)

“Batna,” “Christian Missionaries and Missionary Schools,” “Jews in Arabic Cinema,” “Moses David Gaon,” “Nessim Gaon,” “Togo Mizrahi” in The Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, ed. Norman Stillman (Leiden: Brill, 2010)


HIST 3430 – “Jews in Hollywood,”

HIST 3950 – “How the Holy Land Became Holy,”

HIST 1493 – “US History, Post-1865,”

LTRS 2103 – “Introduction to Constitutional Studies”

Senior Seminars with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at OU

“Religion in the Arab-Israeli Conflict” (February 2017)

“2016 Election Issues in Historical Context” (October 2016)

The United States and Israel” (October 2015 and April 2016)

Americans in the Holy Land” (October 2015 and February 2016)

“The History of Jerusalem, Part Two” (April and July 2015)

“The History of Jerusalem, Part One” (November 2014 and February 2015)

“Christians and Israel” (July and September 2014)

“Religion and the American Civil War” (April and June 2014; June 2016)

“How the Holy Land Became Holy” (October 2013 and March 2014)

Public Addresses

Just Lunch, Schusterman Center for Judaic and Israel Studies at OU, upcoming April 2016
“Was Harry Truman a Christian Zionist?”

Jewish University, Jewish Federation of Oklahoma City, November 2, 2015
“Why Did Harry Truman Recognize Israel?”

Pastor’s Class, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Oklahoma City, Fall 2014
“What is Zionism?”
“What is Palestinian Nationalism?”
“What is Israel?”
“What is the Arab-Israeli Conflict?”



Scholarships, Awards, and Honors
OU Provost’s Dissertation Award — Social Sciences, Education, and the Professions, 2016.

Anne Hodges and H. Wayne Morgan Dissertation Fellowship, University of Oklahoma Department of History, 2015.

Provost’s Certificate of Distinction for Outstanding Graduate Assistant Teaching, University of Oklahoma. (received for teaching “Jews in Hollywood” in Fall 2014)

Fellow, Summer Institute for Israel Studies, Brandeis University, 2014.

Participant, “Workshop on Hebrew Proficiency for University Teachers of Jewish Studies” at The International Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 2012.

Bezalel Foundation Study In Israel Scholarship, 2012.

Bezalel Foundation Study In Israel Scholarship, 2011.

Participant, “The Lost Gospels,” Feaver-MacMinn Seminar at the University of Oklahoma, 2010.

C. Clay Withrow Writing About Film Scholar, University of Oklahoma, 2006.

Papers Presented
September 2013, “Transnationalism and the Southern Baptist Mission to the Jews, 1921- 1949,” The Mid-America Conference: Transnationalism and Minority Cultures, Norman, OK.

Social Media Director, Schusterman Center for Judaic and Israel Studies (OU), 2014 – present.

Shnier and Zarrow Scholarship Committees, Schusterman Center (OU), 2013-2014.


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