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Connor S. Kenaston

Ph.D. Candidate
Editor, Essays in History

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 2022)

  • 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



“Step by Step: American Interracialism and the Origins of Talk-First Activism,” Modern American History (Accepted for publication, expected March 2022).

“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, "Faith Networks: National Broadcasting and the Making of American Religion," explores religion and mass culture during the so-called “Golden Age” of radio. I argue that a partnership between national radio networks and well-connected religious leaders led to the formation of a national religious identity that tacitly blessed the modern media industry and the new practices and collectivities it helped create.

Awards & Honors

2020: Renate Voris Fellowship, Renate Voris Fellowship Foundation

2020: Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship, University of Virginia

2020: Research Fellowship, Presbyterian Historical Society

2020: Albert J. Beveridge Grant, American Historical Association

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


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

Professional Development: 

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