About Me

I’m the editor of Women in Higher Education, a feminist newsletter with the continued goal “to enlighten, encourage, empower and enrage women on campus” as well as The National Teaching and Learning Forum. And I’m the managing editor of Disability Acts, an all volunteer magazine for disability essays, screeds, and manifestos by disabled people for all people.

I’m also a writer with a religious studies Ph.D. who covers religion, higher education, gender, labor, motherhood, and popular culture. I’m an essayist, a historian, and a journalist. I’ve written for The New York Times,The Atlantic, The Rumpus, Religion & Politics, Christian Century, Washington Post, TheChronicle of Higher Education, Killing the Buddha, Sacred Matters, and Brain, Child. (My full portfolio of clips is available here.)

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); Grace Period: A Memoir in Pieces(Blue Crow Books, 2017); the award-winning Sexism Ed: Essays on Gender and Labor in Academia(Blue Crow Books, 2018); The Zombies Are Coming: The Realities of the Zombie Apocalypse in American Culture, Revised and Expanded Edition, (Blue Crow Books, 2020) and Final Girl: And Other Essays on Grief, Trauma, and Mental Illness (Blue Crow Books, 2020). Joseph Fruscione and I co-edited Succeeding Outside of the Academy: Career Paths beyond the Humanities, Social Sciences, and STEM(University Press of Kansas, 2018).

When I’m not writing assignments, editing, wrangling two children and three cats, or looking for alligators and other Florida fauna, I’m working my way through a collection 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.