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 the religious dissenters to bring an end the establishment of religion in Virginia.
I don’t have a lot of free time, but when I do I like to spend it dancing (ballroom of course!).