Curriculum Vitae

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2022   Ph.D., Emory University, Graduate Division of Religion, American Religious Cultures

2017   M.A., University of Colorado Boulder, Religious Studies
            Thesis: “Regimes of Belief: On the Pervasiveness of Religion as Belief from Locke to the United States                    Commission on International Religious Freedom"

2012   B.A. (Cum Laude, University Honors) University of Alabama, Major in Religious Studies and                                        History; Italian minor


Book Chapters

Invited Contributions

  • “Clashing Allegiances: The Practicality of Constructing National Identity” in Steven Ramey (ed.) Fabricating Difference. 69-76. Equinox Publishers, UK. 2017.

Journal Articles

  • “Revolutionary Love: Scholars Respond to the AAR’s 2016 Conference Theme: U Colorado Graduate Students,” Bulletin for the Study of Religion. (forthcoming)

Conference Presentations

  • “Passing as American: On Immigration, Whiteness, and Identity Construction in Late 19th Century United States,” Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion, American Academy of Religion, Atlanta, Georgia, March 2018
  • Panelist, From Hobby Lobby to Mauna Kea: Engaging Religious Diversity and Religious Freedom in the Classroom, the Campus, and in the Courts Roundtable, Building the Road Map: Diversity and Inclusion Summit, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, November 2015
  • “Free to Be Like Me: Constructing Freedom in the Public Sphere,” Freedom of (and from) Religion: Debates Over the Accommodation of Religion in the Public Sphere, UCSB, Santa Barbara, California, April 2015
  • “Shifting the Focus: Understanding the Teller Behind the Tale,” Religion, Archaeology, and the Law Panel, Rocky Mountain Great Plains Region, American Academy of Religion, Omaha, Nebraska, March 2015
  • “Mind the Gap: Shifting the Focus of Discourse on Myth,” Undergraduate Research in Method and Theory of Religion Group, Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion, American Academy of Religion, Atlanta, Georgia, March 2014

Public Scholarship

Bulletin for the Study of Religion

Culture on the Edge

Engaging Religion

Sowing the Seed

Studying Religion in Culture

Scholarly Collaboration

Senior Associate Editor, Sacred Matters Magazine, Aug. 2017-Present

  • Duties: Record and edit podcasts.

Interviewer, Religious Studies Project, an international collaborative based in the U.K. which produces podcasts on the study of religion. Feb 2017- Present

  • Duties: Set up and conduct podcast interviews with contributors; edit and produce podcasts.

Online Curator and Contributor, Culture on the Edge, is a peer reviewed blog maintained by an international scholarly working group comprised of: Craig Martin, Russell McCutcheon, Steven Ramey, K. Merinda Simmons, Leslie Dorrough Smith, and Vaia Touna; June 2013- Present

  • Duties: manage the blog; collaborate with contributors on the formatting and scheduling of their blogs; write press-release posts to publicize the contributors’ latest work; maintain the Facebook and Twitter pages; coordinate with guest contributors and regulate guest posts on the blog; and liaise with professors interested in inviting Edge members for a class visit.

Scholarly Contributions

  • Indexer for Russell McCutcheon's Fabricating Religion: A Fanfare for the Common e.g. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter. (forthcoming)
  • Reading List Curator for Merinda Simmons and Craig Martin’s Gender: A Critical Primer. (forthcoming)
  • Reading List Curator for Merinda Simmons’ Sourcing Slave Religion: Theorizing Experience in the American South. (forthcoming)
  • Formatter for Matthew Bagger’s Pragmatism, Naturalism, and Religion. (forthcoming)
  • Indexer for Aaron Hughes and Russell McCutcheon (eds.) Religion in Five Minutes. Equinox Publishers, UK. 2017.
  • Indexer for Russell McCutcheon (ed.) Fabricating Identities. Equinox Publishers, UK. 2017.
  • Indexer for the second edition of Jacques Waardenburg’s Classical Approaches to the Study of Religion: Aims, Methods, and Theories of Research, (1973), Berlin: Walter de Gruyter. 2016.
  • Transcribed video lectures and interviews of Jonathan Z. Smith for Willi Braun and Russell McCutcheon’s, Reading J.Z. Smith: Interviews and Essays 1999-2013. Oxford University Press. (forthcoming)

Teaching Experience

Emory University:
Graduate Assistant:
            REL 270: Sacred Drugs with Dr. Gary Laderman
            -   Spring 2018: 250 students
            REL 322: Religion and Sexuality with Dr. Gary Laderman
            -   Fall 2017: 215 students

Online Graduate Assistant:
            REL 209: History of Religions in America with Dr. Gary Laderman
            -   Summer 2018

University of Colorado Boulder:
Guest Lecturer:
            RLST 2400: Religion in Contemporary Society with Prof. Lucas Carmichael
            -   Nov. 2015: 25 students

Graduate Assistant:
            RLST 1620: Religious Dimensions of Human Experience
            -   Spring 2016: with Dr. Loriliai Biernacki, 60 students
            -   Fall 2015: with Dr. Sam Gill, 88 students
            RLST 2400: Religion and Contemporary Society with Dr. Ira Chernus
            -   Spring 2015: 40 students
            RLST 2700: American Indian Religious Traditions with Dr. Greg Johnson
            -   Fall 2014: 160 students

Online Grader:
            RLST 2400: Religion and Contemporary Society with Dr. Ira Chernus
            -   Fall 2016: 16 students
            -   Summer 2016: 10 students
            -   Spring 2016: 8 students
            -   Summer 2015: 10 students


  • Deptartment of Religious Studies Fellowship, University of Colorado, Boulder, Fall 2016
  • Deptartment of Religious Studies Scholarship, University of Colorado Boulder, Spring 2015
  • Outstanding Student in the Academic Study of Religion, University of Alabama, 2013
  • Dean’s List, University of Alabama, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2012, Fall 2012
  • Silverstein Scholar, Religious Studies Scholarship, University of Alabama, 2011, 2012
  • Theta Alpha Kappa, Religious Studies Honors Society, University of Alabama, 2011
  • Italian Honor Student, University of Alabama, Spring 2010
  • University Honors College, University of Alabama, 2009-12