Yale Kenaston

Connor S. Kenaston

Ph.D. Candidate

Field & Specialties

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


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


“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 dissertation "Church of the Air: Mainwave Religion and the Sanctification of Communications Capitalism" analyzes representations of religion in the mass media during the "Golden Ages" of radio and Hollywood. I argue that that religious mass media facilitated and sanctified Americans encounter with religious difference, big business, and mass consumption.

Awards & Honors

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


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

Professional Training: 

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