Connor S. Kenaston
Editor, Essays in History
Field & Specialties
United States History since 1865
American Religious History
US 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
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
“Step by Step: American Interracialism and the Origins of Talk-First Activism,” Modern American History (Accepted for publication, expected 2022).
“With Care and Context: Presenting Potentially Harmful Images in College Classrooms,” Hybrid Pedagogy, June 17, 2021.
“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.
Peer-Reviewed Digital Projects
Land and Legacy, with Janet S. Dunkelbarger, Natasha Roth-Rowland, Lauren Van Nest, and Chloe Downe Wells, Praxis Program, University of Virginia Library, Scholars’ Lab, https://landandlegacy.scholarslab.org. Reviewed by Claire A. Tratnyek, Reviews in Digital Humanities 2, no. 5 (May 2021).
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.
“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.
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
2021: PhD Plus Fellowship, Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, University of Virginia
2021: Arts and Sciences Society of Fellows Dissertation Completion Fellowship, University of Virginia
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
Instructor of Record:
American History Since 1865 (Summer 2021)
America and War since 1914 (Fall 2018)
American History Since 1865 (Spring 2018)
Introduction to American Studies (Fall 2017)
Black Fire: The Struggle for Social Justice and Racial Equality at the University of Virginia (Spring 2019)
“Religion and Nationalism,” Religion and American Popular Culture (March 8, 2021)
Graduate Assistant, UVA Summer Transition Program:
Graduate Assistant Hour (Summer 2019)
Content Tutor, UVA Athletics Department:
Introduction to American Studies (Summer 2018)
Co-Instructor, Central Methodist University Fayette, MO
History of American Methodism (Spring 2015)
Internet and Popular Press Publications
Contributing Author, Scholars' Lab Blog, University of Virginia Library (2019-2020)