Connor S. Kenaston is a doctoral candidate at the University of Virginia. His teaching and scholarship examine the history of religion, politics, and culture in the United States. He is also interested in anti-racist pedagogy and digital history. Kenaston received an M.A. in History with a graduate certificate in American Studies from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in History from Yale University. His dissertation, “Faith Networks: National Broadcasting and the Making of American Religion,” explores religion and mass culture during the so-called “Golden Age” of radio. His scholarship has been featured in publications such as Hybrid Pedagogy, Methodist Review, Yale Historical Review, Christian Century, and Reviews in Digital Humanities, and he recently received an “Accept with Revisions” for an article to be published in Modern American History. His work has been supported by organizations including the American Historical Association, the Renate Voris Fellowship Foundation, the American Jewish Historical Society, and the American Society of Church History. Since 2019, Kenaston has served as the Editor of Essays in History, an open access journal for emerging historians.
In his spare time, Kenaston enjoys singing and exploring the outdoors. He is especially fond of kayaking the Greenbrier River in his home state of West Virginia. On weekends you can often find him playing soccer or helping out at his wife’s bakery, Bowerbird Bakeshop.