Hi! My name is Debra Neill. I teach history at Arizona State University Polytechnic. In preparation for my graduate studies in history I studied abroad in Macedonia (August 2000 – March 2001) after receiving a National Security Education Program Graduate International Fellowship. I completed my PhD in European history in 2007. My early research focused on religious and ethnic conflict more broadly and on the wars in the former Yugoslavia in particular. Currently I am studying the concept of “liberty of conscience” as it evolved from the Reformation to the First Amendment. I have an article that will be published in the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography in 2018 (“The Disestablishment of Religion in Virginia: Dissenters, Individual Rights, and the Separation of Church and State”). I am also working on a book about the unlikely alliance between rationalists like James Madison and Thomas Jefferson and pious religious dissenters to bring an end the establishment of religion in Virginia. (“The Unlikely Allies Who Established Religious Freedom in Virginia: Jefferson, Madison, and the Religious Dissenters”)
I don’t have a lot of free time, but when I do I like to spend it dancing (latin ballroom of course!).