I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Theology Department at the University of Notre Dame. I received my M.T.S. in systematic theology from the University of Notre Dame in 2011, and my B.A. from Messiah College with an interdisciplinary Humanities major and minors in Religion and Peace and Conflict Studies.

I study World Christianity, with a focus on the history of Christianity in Africa. My current research explores the relationship of religious practice with conflict and peacebuilding in Uganda and Rwanda.

Based on ethnographic and archival research, my dissertation project compares two different Catholic charismatic movements (movements that emphasize the experience of the Holy Spirit) in Uganda, with particular attention to their faith healing and deliverance practices and the controversies surrounding them. I explore how conflicts over healing—and closely allied debates about liturgical practice, religious authority, use of scripture, and healthcare delivery—are linked with processes of collective religious identity formation and broader debates about the appropriate role of religion in society.


Upcoming Events


February 20
Pope Francis’s Vision of International Politics and Diplomacy
Jodok Troy
February 20
Reading Group on Lying and Truthfulness - Feb 20 Meeting
Working Groups, Reading Group on Lying and Truthfulness


February 21
Lynching and the Politics of State Formation in POst-Revolutionary Puebla (1930-1950)
Working Groups, Peace, Conflict, Crime & Violence Workshop
Gema Santamaría


February 22
The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed Bishop Gerardi?
Francisco Goldman


February 23 to February 24
2018 Human Development Conference
Conferences/Workshops, Undergraduate Programs
Abigail Midlige, Tommy Emmet