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Bio

I received a PhD from Florida State University in Religion in 2008. My scholarship encompasses a variety of  topics including religion and popular culture,  hate groups, 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.

After several years on the job market, I decided to take a year off to figure things out in 2013.

Now, I’m a freelance writer adjacent to academia. I currently write and report on topics in higher education, gender, and American religions. I write two columns, Grace Period and Sexism Ed, for Chronicle Vitae.  I’ve also written for Women in Higher Education, Washington Post’s Faith Street, the Atlantic, Killing the Buddha, Books and Culture,  Religion Dispatches, and Christian Century’s Then & Now. I’m also 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) and The Zombies Are Coming!: The Realities of the Zombie Apocalypse in American Culture (Bondfire Books, 2013).

When I’m not wrangling a six-year old and a one-year old, I am  writing a cultural history of zombies, tentatively titled “Between the Living and the Dead” and hacking away at the genre called the personal essay.

My clips are available here.

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


Figuring it out one post at a time.