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2022 Ph.D., Emory University, Graduate Division of Religion, American Religious Cultures
Certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
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
“Principles of Pedagogy: On the Liberties and Limits of Working with J. Z. Smith in the Introductory Classroom,” in Barbara Krawcowicz (ed.) Imagining Smith. Equinox Publishers, UK. (contracted)
“I’m Spiritual But Not Religious,” co-authored with Russell McCutcheon, in Craig Martin and Brad Stoddard (eds.) Stereotyping Religion: Critiquing Clichés. 97-112. Bloomsbury: London. 2017.
“Clashing Allegiances: The Practicality of Constructing National Identity” in Steven Ramey (ed.) Fabricating Difference. 69-76. Equinox Publishers, UK. 2017.
Administrator, Academic Publishing for Graduate Students Workshop, North American Association for the Study of Religion, American Academy of Religion, San Diego, California, Nov. 2019
“Principles of Pedagogy: Thinking with Smith in the Introductory Classroom,” Thinking with Jonathan Z. Smith Conference, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway, June 2019
“America and Its Catholicisms: Complicating the Rise of an American Religion,” Religions in America Panel, Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion, American Academy of Religion, Greenville, North Carolina, March 2019
Chair, Class and Economy Panel, North American Association for the Study of Religion, Denver, Colorado, November 2018
“Passing as American: On Immigration, Whiteness, and Identity Construction in Late 19th Century United States,” Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion, Method and Theory Panel, 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
Bulletin for the Study of Religion
Culture on the Edge
Sowing the Seed
(Invited response) “The Bible, Race, and Indigeneity: A Response”
“Rethinking American Religions: Failing to Explain America or Continually (Re)Shaping It?” (Partial post; edited for length by blog curator)
Studying Religion in Culture
Interviewer, Religious Studies Project, an international collaborative based in the U.K. which produces podcasts on the study of religion. Feb 2018- 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: Andie Alexander, Tara Baldrick-Morrone, Christopher Cotter, Jason W. M. Ellsworth, Anja Kirsch, Craig Martin, Russell McCutcheon, Richard Newton, Steven Ramey, Martha Smith Roberts, Matt Sheedy, K. Merinda Simmons, Leslie Dorrough Smith, Stacie Swain, Teemu Taira, 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.
Indexer for Leslie Dorrough Smith (ed.) Constructing “Data” in Religious Studies: Examining the Architecture of the Academy. Equinox Publishers, UK. (forthcoming)
Indexer for Russell McCutcheon's Studying Religion: An Introduction, 2nd ed. Routledge. 2018.
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 and Naturalism: Scientific and Social Inquiry After Representationalism. 2018.
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. 2018.
REL 209: History of Religions in America with Dr. Barbara Patterson and Charles Barber
- Fall 2018: 60 students
- Prepared 3 weeks of the syllabus and taught those classes
HC 505: History of Christianity in America with Dr. Helen Jin Kim
- Spring 2019: 40 students; taught one class
REL 270: Sacred Drugs with Dr. Gary Laderman
- Spring 2018: 272 students
REL 322: Religion and Sexuality with Dr. Gary Laderman
- Fall 2017: 215 students
Online Teaching Associate:
REL 209: History of Religions in America with Dr. Gary Laderman
- Summer 2018: 20 students
University of Colorado Boulder:
RLST 2400: Religion in Contemporary Society with Prof. Lucas Carmichael
- Nov. 2015: 25 students
Graduate Teaching 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
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
Department of Religious Studies Fellowship, University of Colorado, Boulder, Fall 2016
Department 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