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David Walker (Initiative Fellow/Graduate Associate) is a PhD candidate in American religious history at Yale University. His dissertation focuses on intersections of religion, settlement policy, and tourism in the nineteenth-century American West, particularly in northern Utah. He is interested in various locations of popular religious discussion and definition, including classrooms, courtrooms, American Indian policy, business prospectuses, travel guides, and land grant applications. His work for this project explores railroads and railroad literature as sites and media of religious imagination in the American West. David holds a BA (Religious Studies) from Wesleyan University; and an MA and MPhil (Religious Studies) from Yale University.