Connor S. Kenaston

Ph.D. Candidate
Associate Editor, Essays in History

Field & Specialties

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

Education

Ph.D.  University of Virginia, Corcoran Department of History (expected May 2021)

  • Graduate Certificate in American Studies, 2019
  • Passed Exam Fields with Distinction, 2018

M.A.  University of Virginia, Corcoran Department of History, 2018

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

Publications

Articles

“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.

Book Reviews

Review of Anointed with Oil: How Christianity and Crude Made Modern America, by Darren Dochuk, Christian Century 136, no. 22 (October 23, 2019): 46-47.

Current Research

My dissertation, "Church of the Air: Mainwave Religion and the Blessing of Communications Capitalism," analyzes religious media that was created to appeal to the mass market as a way to think about pluralism, belonging, and the idea of a religious "mainline" in twentieth-century America.

Awards & Honors

2020: Dorothy Rosenberg Phi Beta Kappa Annual Meeting Travel Grant, American Historical Association

2019: Annette K. Baxter Travel Grant, American Studies Association

2019: Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship, University of Virginia

2019: Conference Travel Grant, Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia

2019: Sid and Ruth Lapidus Fellowship, American Jewish Historical Society

2019: Hagley Exploratory Research Grant, Hagley Center

2019: American Jewish Archive Fellowship, Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archive

2019: John F. Wilson Research Fellowship, American Society of Church History

2019: Praxis Program in Digital Humanities Fellowship, The University of Virginia Scholars Lab

2019: Friends of the UW-Madison Libraries Grants to Scholars Program

2019: Research Stipend Award, Rockefeller Archive Center

2019: Americas Center / Centro de las Américas Fellowship, University of Virginia

2018 Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Summer Research Fellowship, University of Virginia

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 Fellowship, Davenport College of Yale University

Courses Taught

Teaching Assistant:

America and War since 1914, Fall 2018, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

  • Received 4.87/5 for teacher effectiveness from student evaluations

American History Since 1865, Spring 2018, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Introduction to American Studies, Fall 2017, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Graduate Assistant:

Transition Program, Summer 2019, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Grading Assistant: 

Black Fire: The Struggle for Social Justice and Racial Equality at the University of Virginia, Spring 2019, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Co-taught: 

History of American Methodism, Spring 2015,Central Methodist University, Fayette, MO

Professional Development: 

"Tomorrow’s Professor Today,” Center for Teaching and Learning, 2019-2020