Lauren F. Turek

Department of History                                                                                    

Trinity University                                                                                         

One Trinity Place

San Antonio, TX 78212-7200


Ph.D., History, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, August 2015

Dissertation:        To Bring the Good News to All Nations: Evangelicals, Human Rights, and U.S. Foreign

Policy, 1969-1994

Committee:        Melvyn Leffler (chair), Brian Balogh, Marc Selverstone, Matthew Hedstrom

Examination Fields: United States History (Major Field); History of United States Foreign Relations (Special Field); The International Economy since 1850 (Minor Field)

M.A., History, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, December 2009

Thesis: “A New Strategy for Peace? Public Opposition to Détente during Nixon’s Era of Negotiation”

(Director: Melvyn P. Leffler)


M.A., Museum Studies, New York University, New York, May 2007

Thesis: “Voices from the Battlefield: Revolutionary War Sites and the New Social History”


B.A., History, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, May 2005

Thesis: “America’s Defense Perimeter: The 1956 Federal-Aid Highway Act and The Cold War”

Departmental Honors


Assistant Professor, Department of History, Trinity University, 2015-Present


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

“To Support a ‘Brother in Christ’: Evangelical Groups and U.S.-Guatemalan Relations during the Ríos Montt Regime,” Diplomatic History 39, no. 4 (September 2015): 689-719.


“Religious Rhetoric and the Evolution of George W. Bush’s Political Philosophy,” Journal of American Studies 48, no. 4 (November 2014): 975-998.

Book Chapters

“Religious History Objects in Museums,” in Gretchen Buggeln, Crispin Paine, and S. Brent Plate, eds. Religion in Museums: Today and Tomorrow (London: Bloomsbury Publishing, forthcoming).


Building a Brighter Future. Passport: The Newsletter of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations 46, no. 2 (September 2015): 28-29 (with Amanda Demmer).

Book Reviews

Review of  Democracy Promotion, National Security and Strategy: Foreign Policy Under the Reagan Administration, by Robert Pee. H-Diplo (forthcoming).

Review of Evangelicals and American Foreign Policy, by Mark R. Amstutz. Politics and Religion 6, no. 4 (December 2013): 881-884.


Fellow, The “Tocqueville Oscillation”: The Intersection of Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy Summer Institute, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, 2015

Postdoctoral Fellowship in International Security and U.S. Foreign Policy, Dickey Center for International Understanding, Dartmouth College, 2015 (Declined)

Postdoctoral Fellowship, The Center for Presidential History, Southern Methodist University, 2015 (Declined)

Dissertation Completion Fellowship, John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, Washington University, 2014-2015

Doctoral Fellowship, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia, 2013-2014

Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation Fellowship, University of Virginia, 2012-2013

Gelfand-Rappaport Dissertation Fellowship, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, 2012


Hugh Davis Graham Award, Institute for Political History, 2016

Robert J. Huskey Travel Fellowship, University of Virginia, 2013, 2014

Summer Travel Grant, University of Virginia Corcoran Department of History, 2013

Torrey M. Johnson Research Grant, Billy Graham Center Archives, Wheaton, IL, 2013

The Albert J. Beveridge Grant for Research in the History of the Western Hemisphere, American Historical Association, 2012


The Buckner W. Clay Endowment for the Humanities Summer Research Grant, The Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures, University of Virginia, 2012

Society of Fellows Summer Research Grant, University of Virginia Society of Fellows, 2012

Pre-Dissertation Travel Grant, University of Virginia Corcoran Department of History, 2010

Clark Memorial Travel Fellowship, Vassar College History Department, 2004


Raven Society, University of Virginia, Inducted Spring 2013

Fellow, The Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures, University of Virginia, 2012-2013

Junior Fellow, Society of Fellows, University of Virginia, 2011-2012


Panels Organized

Beyond the Cold War: American Non-State Actors, Democratization, and the Soviet Transformation, co-organized with Katherine Geoghegan, The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) annual conference, Lexington, KY, June 19-21, 2015.


Christian Nationalism in American History Roundtable. The Society for U.S. Intellectual History annual conference, Washington, D.C., October 15-18, 2015.

“Salvation for the Suffering Church: Transnational Evangelical Activism and the Fight for Religious Liberty in the Socialist Republic of Romania.” The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) annual conference, Arlington, VA, June 25-27, 2015.

“‘Project Christian Bridge’: U.S. Evangelical Groups and Religious Change in the Commonwealth of Independent States.” The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) 2014 Annual Meeting, Lexington, KY. June 19-21, 2014. Panel co-organizer.

“To Support a ‘Brother in Christ’: Evangelical Groups and U.S.-Guatemalan Relations during the Ríos Montt Regime.” Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) 2013 Annual Meeting, Arlington, VA. June 20-22, 2013.

“Demarcating Human Dignity: Christian Interest Groups, Human Rights Discourse, and Human Rights Policy in the Reagan Era.” 4th Roger Williams University Conference on Religion and the State, Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI. April 12-14, 2013.

“Kingdom or Empire? Billy Graham, the Congress on World Evangelization and the Theological Politics of Christian Missions in the 1970s.” Annual Harvard Graduate Student Conference on International History (ConIH), Cambridge, Massachusetts. March 8-9, 2012.

“Kingdom or Empire? Billy Graham, the Congress on World Evangelization and the Theological Politics of Christian Missions in the 1970s.” Northeastern University Annual Graduate History Conference, “Empires and Technologies in World History,” Boston, Massachusetts. March 24-25, 2012.


“To Support a ‘Brother in Christ’: Evangelical Groups and U.S.-Guatemalan Relations during the Ríos Montt Regime,” Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia, April 25, 2015.


Trinity University, Assistant Professor

        United States History Since Reconstruction (Fall 2015, Spring 2016)

        History, Memory, and Interpretation (Spring 2016)

        U.S. Diplomatic History (Fall 2015)

Instructor, University of Virginia

HIUS 2002: American History Since 1865 (Summer 2014)

HIUS 4501 - Religion and U.S. Foreign Relations in the Twentieth Century (Spring 2013)


Teaching Assistant, University of Virginia

Genocide: Professor Jeffrey Rossman (Fall 2011, 3 sections)

Politics of Health Care in America: Professor Guian McKee (Spring 2011, 3 sections)

U.S.–Latin American Relations in the 20th Century: Professor Gerald Haines (Fall 2010, 3 sections)

Shaping the Modern World, 1944 – 1991: Professor Philip Zelikow (Spring 2010, 3 sections)

United States Society and Politics, 1945 – 2008: Professor Jennifer Burns (Fall 2009, 3 sections)

Guest Lecture, “The Iran Hostage Crisis,” 11 November 2009


Gradership, University of Virginia

History of Women in America, 1865 – Present: Lecturer Allison Elias (Spring 2010)


Non-Residential Fellow, Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society, October 2014 – August 2015

Conduct research, write grant proposals and policy briefs, edit opinion essays, create websites, and organize stakeholders around the issue of network neutrality

Director of the Project for Technology in History Education, University of Virginia January 2012 – May 2013

Developed instructional technologies for history department faculty and students, designed research databases as well as course and professional websites for faculty, maintained department website


Consultant, Miller Center of Public Affairs, UVa, Charlottesville, VA June 2011 – August 2011

Developed and designed an interactive touchscreen kiosk program that acquaints visitors with the scholarship produced by Miller Center faculty and their associates.


Interim Director, Institute for Public History, UVa, Charlottesville, VA September 2010 – August 2011

Updated and expanded the Institute for Public History website, increased Institute’s visibility on campus using social networking tools, coordinated the IPH Summer Internship program, cultivated relationships with new host organizations to create five additional paid summer internships, advertised available positions, processed applications, oversaw intern selection process, organized interviews, arranged placements for 18 interns, ran orientation meeting, monitored interns, conducted site visits, and processed final reports and evaluations from interns and host institutions.


Institute for Public History Intern, Scottsville Museum, Scottsville, VA, June 2009 – August 2009

Developed and designed Where the River Bends: Scottsville and the James, April 2010 – 2012


Content Developer and Coordinator, Ralph Appelbaum Associates, Inc., New York, NY, 2006 – 2008

Developed exhibit content, preliminary script outline, and concept study for Blue Ridge Music Center.Created preliminary exhibit content, film treatments, narrative walkthroughs and concept studies for the American Revolution Center, Judah L. Magnes Museum, Los Angeles State Historic Park, and Lights of Liberty program. Developed Los Angeles State Historic Park Interpretive Vision booklet for Los Angeles State Historic Park. Managed graphic production and exhibit installation, wrote exhibit content, oversaw script editing, conducted image research and acquisition, and acted as liaison between client and fabricator for the Grand Teton National Park Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center. Created and managed databases to coordinate archival NASA images and exhibit content for the Sky and Space exhibit at the Adventure Science Center in Nashville, TN


Curatorial Intern, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY, March 2006 – August 2006

Assisted curator with development of Guy Gillette: Photographs and Sylvia Sleigh: Invitation to a Voyage. Assisted registrar with deinstallation of Westchester: The American Suburb and installation of Got Cow? Cattle In American Art, 1820-2000


Curatorial/Collection Care Assistant, Wilderstein Preservation, Rhinebeck, NY, January 2004 – May 2005

Organized, inventoried, and re-housed archival materials, cataloged documents and objects, with digital images, using PastPerfect museum software, and worked on substantial conservation and preservation project of framed and cased photograph collection, which involved inventorying, cleaning, and re-housing 300 objects, as well as entering them into the electronic catalog with digital images


Museum Intern, Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library, Hyde Park, NY, June – August 2004,

                February – May 2005

Researched and fabricated a temporary exhibit on the 1939 Royal Visit of the King and Queen of England to the United States, created a soundtrack from FSA audio recordings of migrant workers for This Great Nation Will Endure, a gallery exhibit of photographs from the Great Depression, created two audio-visual displays using FSA “Man-on-the-Street” interviews taken in 1942 for Freedom from Fear: FDR, Commander in Chief, a gallery exhibit on World War II, assisted museum staff with preservation of 1932 campaign banner, accessioned and catalogued collection materials


Intern, Litchfield Historical Society, Litchfield, CT, June - August 2002

Inventoried and created finding aids for new collections, including the Red Cross Collection, designed and  helped install “American Art Pottery” display at the Oliver Wolcott Library



Peer Review

Manuscript reviewer, Routledge, 2016

Manuscript reviewer, Essays in History, 2010-2015

To University

Member, History Department search committee and interview committee for modern Chinese history, Trinity University,

Organizer and Moderator, “Religious Freedom And U.S. Foreign Policy: A Conversation On History, Theory,

and Practice,” panel discussion, John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, Washington University in St. Louis, March 2015

Fellowship Chair, Raven Society Council, 2013-2014

Facilitator, Diplomatic and International History Workshop, University of Virginia, 2012 – 2014

Graduate Advisory Board Member, Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures, 2012 – 2013  

Selection Committee Member, Institute for Public History Summer Internship Program, 2011 – 2013

Corcoran Department of History Representative, University of Virginia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Council, 2010 – 2012

Moderator, “Treachery and the Nation” panel, 3rd Annual Graduate Student Conference, “Treachery and

Traitors,” University of Virginia, April 2010.

Planning Committee, 3rd Annual Graduate Student Conference, “Treachery and Traitors,” University of

Virginia, April 2010.

President, University of Virginia Graduate History Students Association, 2009 – 2010

Peer Writing Tutor, Vassar College, 2004

Volunteer Editor, Gulliver, Vassar College, 2004

History Major’s Committee, Vassar College, 2002 – 2004  

To Community

Panelist, “Otherness: A panel discussion on immigration, internment, detainment and the plight of ‘others’ in America,” San Antonio Central Public Library, San Antonio, Texas, October 27, 2015.


Mellon Graduate Teaching Seminar for Excellence in the Humanities, University of Virginia, 2012 – 2013

Certificate in Advanced Pedagogy in the Humanities. A year-long seminar focused on cross-disciplinary pedagogical training and teaching writing to undergraduates across the curriculum on the topic of “Writing Human Rights (and Wrongs).”


Regular Contributor, Religion in American History, October 2014 – Present

"Do Christian Refugees Matter More?" invited post on The Christian Century's Then and Now blog (24 February 2016)

“Studies on Global Christianity and the American Foreign Policy Historian.” Invited post on Religion in American History blog (27 October 2013).


American Historical Association

Organization of American Historians

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

Society for U.S. Intellectual History

American Association of Museums

American Association for State and Local History

National Council on Public History



French – reading knowledge (University of Virginia Language Mastery Examination passed April, 2009)

Spanish – reading knowledge