Education & Awards


University of Notre Dame

Doctor of Philosophy in Theology and Peace Studies, 2017

  • Candidacy exams in Theology passed with distinction, 2015
  • Comprehensive exams in Peace Studies passed with distinction, 2015
  • Advisor: Gerald McKenny

Vanderbilt University Divinity School

Masters of Theological Studies in Ethics and Society, 2012

  • First Honors
  • Advisor: Melissa Snarr

Azusa Pacific University

Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies and Theology, 2005

  • Minor in Biblical Languages
  • Certificate of Distinction in Biblical Literature
  • Summa Cum Laude


The Louisville Institute

University of Virginia

University of Notre Dame

  • Kroc Excellence Scholarship, University of Notre Dame, 2012-present (full tuition award and stipend increase)
  • Summer Language Abroad Grant, Center for the Study of Language and Culture, University of Notre Dame, 2015 ($2,000 for Spanish study in Guatemala)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Notre Dame, 2014
  • Mullen Family Fellowship, University of Notre Dame, 2013-2014 (full tuition and stipend award)

Vanderbilt University

  • Founder’s Medal for First Honors, Vanderbilt University, 2012
  • Dean’s List, Vanderbilt University Divinity School, 2009-2012
  • Carpenter Scholarship, Vanderbilt University Divinity School, 2009-2012 (full tuition and stipend scholarship awarded for academic achievement and commitment to social justice)

Azusa Pacific University

  • Paul and Marie Ronald Most Outstanding Graduating Senior, Azusa Pacific University, 2005 ($1000 award given to most outstanding graduate on the basis of academic excellence, service to the community, and professional promise)
  • Most Outstanding Theology Major, School of Theology, Azusa Pacific University, 2005
  • White Rose Society, Azusa Pacific University, 2005
  • Servant Leadership Award, Office of Service Learning, Azusa Pacific University, 2003
  • Board of Trustees Full-Tuition Scholarship, Azusa Pacific University, 2001-2005
  • Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship, State of Colorado, 2001-2005