PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2007
I study religion and politics as well as theory and method in religious studies. My forthcoming book engages subjects ranging from nineteenth-century revivalism to contemporary legal debates about corporations in order to examine how the rhetoric of religious freedom has participated in the production and distribution of a variety of forms of social power in American life. Before coming to Georgia Southern, I taught at UC San Diego, New York University, Fresno State, Bucknell University, Lafayette College, and the University of Alabama.
Introduction to Religion
Religion and Politics
Religious Movements in the United States
Introduction to Christianity
Seminar in Religious Studies
Forthcoming: “The State of Burn After Reading,” in Coen: Framing Religion in Amoral Order, edited by Elijah Siegler. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2016.
“The Study of American Religions: Critical Reflections on a Specialization,” Religion 42 (July 2012): 355 – 372.
“The Fundamental Faith of Every True American: Secularity and Institutional Loyalty in Al Smith’s 1928 Presidential Campaign,” The Journal of Religion 91 (October 2011): 519 – 544.
“The Secularity of Intelligent Design,” The Hedgehog Review 13 (Summer 2011): 68 – 78.
“Ann Taves’s Religious Experience Reconsidered is a Sign of a Global Apocalypse that Will Kill Us All,” Religion 40 (October 2010): 288 – 292.
“No Universalizing Deductive-Nomological Explanations, Please; We’re Irish: A Response to Thomas A. Tweed’s Crossing and Dwelling,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 77 (June 2009): 424 – 433.
“Locating the Revival: Jonathan Edwards’s Northampton as a Site of Social Theory,” in Embodying the Spirit: New Perspectives on North American Revivalism, ed. Michael J. McClymond (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004): 47 – 66.