About Me

I’m the editor of Women in Higher Education, a feminist newsletter, in its 26th year, with the  continued goal “to enlighten, encourage, empower and enrage women on campus.”

I’m also a freelance writer with a religious studies PhD who covers religion, higher education, gender, labor, motherhood, and popular culture. I prefer to be an essayist, but I’m also a trained historian and reporter. I have regular columns at the Chronicle for Higher Education‘s Vitae project, Women in Higher Education, Killing the Buddha, and Sacred Matters. I’ve written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, BearingsThe Rumpus, The Manifest-Station, Religion Dispatches, Religion & Politics, Christian Century, Washington Post, and Brain, Child. My full portfolio of clips is available either here or from Muck Rack.

I’m the author of the award-winning Gospel According to the Klan: The KKK’s Appeal to Protestant America, 1915-1930 (University Press of Kansas, 2011); The Zombies Are Coming!: The Realities of the Zombie Apocalypse in American Culture (Bondfire Books, 2013); Grace Period: A Memoir in Pieces (killing the buddha and Raven Books, 2017); and Sexism Ed: Essays on Gender and Labor in Academia (forthcoming Raven Books, 2018).

When I’m not writing assignments or wrangling two children, I’m working my way toward a collections of essays about endings and other apocalypses.

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, University of New Mexico and University of Tennessee. For those of you who are academically inclined, here’s my CV.