Research and Teaching

My research addresses how communities dream of alternative worlds and then organize those worlds into material forms and practices. I locate my work in the academic study of religion, the critical study of race and sexuality, and the history of labor and capitalism. My first book manuscript is entitled Liberated Market: On the Cultural Politics of Capitalist Humanitarianism. It analyzes attempts to reform capitalism from within — tracking formations like fair trade, microfinance, and impact investing — since 1945.

I hold a B.A. in Religious Studies and Sociology/Anthropology from Agnes Scott College and a Master of Divinity from Harvard. At Yale, I have taught courses listed in Religious Studies, History, American Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Selected publications and presentations are below, and more informal descriptions of my work can be found here and here.

Peer reviewed publications

Parliament of Empire: Charles Bonney’s American Vision,” Religion in American Culture 29, no. 1 (March 2019): 102-133.

The Grammar of Racism: Religious Pluralism and the Birth of the Interdisciplines,Journal of the American Academy of Religion 86, no. 1 (March 2018): 1-41.

Buying into the Dream: The Religion of Racial Capitalism in Coca-Cola’s World,” Public Culture 30, no. 3 (September 2018): 483-508.

Selected presentations

Roundtable organizer, “Empire of Religion, Empire of Humanity,” American Academy of Religion, Religion and Empire Unit, November 2018.

“Future: On Hope as Command,” with the Yale Working Group for Globalization and Culture, Cultural Studies Association, Shanghai, China, August 2018.

Roundtable co-organizer, “Capitalism and the Secular: New Critiques and New Horizons,” American Academy of Religion, Religion and Economy Unit, November 2017.

“Tourisms of Duty: Central American Solidarity and the Sentimentality of Empire,” American Studies Association, November 2016. Selected as a finalist for the Gene Wise -Warren Sussman Prize for the best paper presented by a graduate student.

“Imagine Racial Capitalism,” American Academy of Religion, Queer Studies in Religion Group (panel co-organizer), November 2016.

“The Multicultural Ethic and the Spirit of Microfinance,” American Academy of Religion, Theology and Continental Philosophy Group, November 2015.

“Residual Battle Fatigue: Racial Formations and the Discourse of Religious Pluralism at Harvard Divinity School, 1960-1975,” American Academy of Religions, Cultural History of the Study of Religion Group, November 2014.

“Feminist Transgressions and Feminist Minefields,” National Women’s Studies Association National Meeting, October 2014.