I am the Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Elon University for 2013-14. I received my Ph.D. in Religion and Culture from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in August 2013.
My research interests include religion and gender/sexuality, American religions, religious language and literature, minority religions, and contemporary critical thought. I am currently teaching courses on Religions in a Global Context and American Minority Religions.
My current project, “Good Fences: American Sexual Exceptionalism and Marginal Religions,” explores the ways normative sexuality has complicated American religious pluralism since the 1970s. I focus on three popular narratives that portray minority religions (Islam, Mormonism, and witchcraft) as predatory, coercing or duping vulnerable American women and children into religious nonconformity and sexual transgression. Such stories locate the abuse of women and children in America’s religious margins, thus encouraging normative practices without violating a professed national commitment to religious freedom. Paradoxically, these narratives often work to constrain Americans’ religious and sexual freedoms while doing little to prevent violence against women and children.
You may reach me via email or care of:
The Department of Religious Studies
Spence Pavilion 203
2340 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244