Bachelor of Arts Virginia, 1989. Doctor of Philosophy, Harvard University, 1995.
Lecturer and associate director Center for Study of Religion Princeton (New Jersey) University, 1998—2002. Associate professor religion Princeton (New Jersey) University, since 2003. Research associate, visiting lecturer Harvard Division School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2002—2003.
Mellon fellow in the humanities Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1996—1998.
Member of Organization of America Historians, American Studies Association, American Society of Church History (council member 2000-2003), American History Association, American Academy of Religion.
Married Leigh Eric Schmidt, December 29, 1995. Children: Zachary Griffith Schmidt, Ella Marie Schmidt.