Teaching

My teaching is inseparable from a larger intellectual project to understand concepts of value and structures of desire that shape communities both present and past. In the community that is the college classroom, I recognize all participants as teachers and learners, while fostering interpretive skills that prepare students to gain confidence as creators of knowledge, themselves.

I teach courses that traverse fields of American studies; the critical study of ethnicity, race, and migration; women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, and religious studies. My recent courses include American Gods: Religious Diversity in the United States (Spring 2020, Skidmore College); Religion and Ethnography (Spring 2019, Yale University); Religion and Capitalism (Fall 2018, Yale University); and Religion and Society (Fall 2017, Yale University, co-taught with Kathryn Lofton). Yale University twice recognized me as a Prize Teaching Fellow, a university-wide honor annually awarded to 10-15 teachers who have shown excellence in pedagogy, mentorship, and classroom instruction. Now at Skidmore College, I teach courses focused on the religious history of the Americas and theory/method in the study of religion.

Beyond the formal university classroom, I collaborate with Tina Pippin as a co-producer of Nothing Never Happens: A Radical Pedagogy Podcast. Each month, a new episode of this podcast explores questions of power and authority, popular education, radical pedagogical theory, and transformative teaching in conversation with teachers and learners breaking new ground in these areas.