About Me

2016 HeadshotI’m a freelance writer with a religious studies PhD who covers higher education, gender, labor, motherhood, American religions, and popular culture. I’m also an essayist, a historian, and occasionally a 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 also written for The Atlantic, BearingsThe Rumpus, The Manifest-Station, Religion Dispatches, Christian Century’s Then & Now, Washington Post, and Brain, Child. My full portfolio of clips is available here.

I’m author of the award-winning book, 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 assignments or wrangling two children, I’m chipping away at a collections of essays about apocalypses and other endings as well as a memoir about my hometown and the histories that haunt 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. For those of you who are academically inclined, here’s my CV.