Nicole Kirk is a historian of American religious history with an emphasis on business, religion, material and visual culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Dr. Kirk is the author of Wanamaker’s Temple: Religion and Business in an American Department Store (forthcoming from NYU Press in fall 2018), and was a part of the editorial board and a contributor to the two-volume set, Documentary History of Unitarian Universalism (2017). Her current research focuses on the development of African American humanism and the intersections between technology, religion, and business. Prior to her doctoral studies, Dr. Kirk has been a Unitarian Universalist minister for twenty years and has served congregations in Ohio and New Jersey. She believes ministers and religious leaders for the future need to be good historians.