I am an intellectual and cultural historian of modern Europe, with a particular interest in modern France and the relationship between religion and politics. My current book project, Soldiers of God in a Secular World: The Politics of Catholic Theology in Twentieth-Century France (under contract with Harvard University Press), examines the impact of Catholic theology on French politics after the separation of Church and state in 1905.  It shows how the continuing role of theology in an ostensibly secular public sphere disrupts prevailing ideas about the nature and scope of the political in the modern world.  In addition to this project, I am co-editing a volume of essays on Christianity and Human Rights (Cambridge University Press) and my publications also explore such themes as secularization theory, medievalism, the history of science, and the global circulation of religious ideas.

I am currently an assistant professor of Modern European History at the University of Notre Dame.