Fields of Study
American West, African American History, History of Religion
My dissertation seeks to uncover the meaning of interracial worship at the Azusa Street Revival and its subsequent fading from Pentecostal practice by the second decade of the twentieth century. Charting the migrations of the revival's participants, from the Midwest and South to Los Angeles beginning in the 1880s, I argue that an understanding of the racial landscapes of Los Angeles, as well as currents of religious thought from earlier revival moments in American history, will aid our understanding of Pentecostalism?s nascent growth in Southern California. The imagined meanings of religion and race worked in tandem to not just foster the development of early Pentecostalism, but also cut short its socially transgressive practices.
C.Phil. U.S. History, UCLA, 2011; M.A. U.S. History, UCLA, 2010; B.A. History, Occidental College, 2008