Carleigh Beriont is a PhD candidate in Religion at Harvard University, where she works on the history of religion and politics. Currently, she is writing a dissertation on United States empire, missionaries, and militarism in the 20th-century Pacific, entitled “‘For the Good of Mankind’: Marshallese, Missionaries, Militaries and the Making of American Empire in the Pacific: 1857-1966." She has taught classes on American religion, politics, race, and peacebuilding at the Harvard Divinity School, Harvard Kennedy School, and Tufts College. She received an MTS in Religion, Ethics, and Politics from Harvard Divinity School and a BA from Mount Holyoke College. Prior to her studies at Harvard, Carleigh lived and worked in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.