Yale Kenaston

Connor Kenaston

Field & Specialties

United States History since 1865
American Religious History
20th Century US Social and Cultural History


B.A. Yale University (2014), Distinction in History, cum laude


“Methodists and Lynching: Racial Violence and the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1880-1930,” Methodist Review: A Journal of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies 7 (2015): 21-43.

“From Rib to Robe: Women’s Ordination in The United Methodist Church,” Methodist History Journal 53, no. 3 (April 2015): 162-172.

“Reds, Rosaries, and Revolutionary Governments: Church-State Relations in Cuba and Nicaragua in the Aftermath of Revolution,” Yale Historical Review 2 (Spring 2013): 58-71.

Current Research

My research examines the history of the radio industry and the dialectical relationship between business leaders and liberal social movements in twentieth century America.

Awards & Honors

2017: Filson Fellowship, The Filson Historical Society

2017: Summer Research Funding, University of Virginia History Department

2017: Travel-To-Collections Grant, Smith College

2016: Elmer L. Anderson Research Scholarship Award, University of Minnesota

2015: Women in United Methodist History Writing Award, Commission on Archives and History of the United Methodist Church

2014: Andrew D. White Senior Essay Prize, Yale History Department

2014: Barbara Wertheimer Prize, New York Labor History Association

2013: Richter Summer Award, Yale College

Courses Taught

Teaching Assistant: 2018: HIUS 2002, American History Since 1865, Charlottesville, VA; 2017: AMST 2001, Introduction to American Studies, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Co-taught: 2015: REL 335, History of American Methodism, Central Methodist University, Fayette, MO