AB, Philosophy, Wabash College
MAR, Religion, Yale University
PhD, Religion and Society, Emory University

Academic interests

Religious organizations and religion's impact on other organizations
Faith-based welfare reform
Religion and Politics


Comparative Religion


Franz Award for Outstanding Teaching (IUPUC, 2006)
Teacher of the Year (Agnes Scott College, 1993)
Claude Lambe Fellow (IHS, 1984-5)
John Mills Fellow (Wabash College, 1983)


Flea Market Jesus (Cascade Books, 2012) Sacred Circles, Public Squares: The Multicentering of American Religion (IU Press, 2004)
Rising Expectations: Urban Congregations, Welfare Reform, and Civic Life (IU Press, 2003)
Southern Baptist Politics: Authority and Power in an American Denomination (Penn State Press, 1994)
"Flea Market Believers" (Christianity Today)
"The Church in the City" (Christian Century Magazine)


Board of Directors and DeToqueville Society, United Way Bartholomew County
Board of Directors, ARTColumbus
Range Officer, National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association
Numerous speaking engagements for civic groups and congregations

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