Samuel Stabler received his B.A. from the University of Washington (2009) and is a junior fellow at the Center for Comparative Research, and the MacMillan Center’s Initiative on Religion, Politics and Society. His work focuses on questions relating to political participation and belonging, with an emphasis on the secularization of the public sphere and the spatial dimensions of social life. Focusing on the materiality of religious practice his dissertation “Errand’s On The Edge: Religious Institutions and The Frontiers of American Settlement” (working title) explores the transformation of the parish system in the ever expanding frontiers of New England. Tracking how religious groups worked to organize and materially build out the landscapes of colonial, revolutionary, and antebellum America, it explores how confrontations with the landscape and increasingly mobile populations propelled the development of Congregationalism from a deeply parochialized system of religious and political belonging into a “denominational” missionary field that sought to transform the souls and environments of the United States. Beyond this, Sam is also interested in questions relating to theory, culture, altruism and methods.