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About Me

I’m a freelance writer  with a religious studies PhD who covers higher education, gender, labor, motherhood, American religions, and popular culture. I have regular columns at the Chronicle for Higher Education’s Vitae project (Grace Period and Sexism Ed), Women in Higher Education, Killing the Buddha, and Sacred Matters. I’ve also written for The Atlantic, The Rumpus, The Manifest-Station, Religion Dispatches, the Washington Post’s Faith Street, and Brain, Child.

I’m author of the award-winning book, The Gospel According to the Klan: The KKK’s Appeal to Protestant America, 1915-1930,  and The Zombies Are Coming!: The Realities of the Zombie Apocalypse in American Culture. When I’m not writing essays or wrangling two children, I’m working on a cultural history of zombie apocalypses tentatively titled “The End of Us.”

My PhD (2008) is in American religious history from Florida State University‘s department of Religion. My scholarship encompasses a variety of  topics including religion and popular culture, religious and racial hatred, apocalypticism, religion and gender, and horror. I’ve taught courses on these topics at Florida State University, the University of New Mexico and the University of Tennessee.

My clips are available here, or you can follow my author’s page on Facebook.

Please feel free to contact me about writing, research, or speaking engagements.