I mostly write history titles with an interdisciplinary bent; my most widely known book, World History 101, was published in 2017 by Adams Media/Simon & Schuster. My past work includes The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to the Bible, Conversations with Carl Sagan, and Civil Liberties: A Beginner’s Guide. You can find a semi-complete list of my books on my Amazon.com author page. I served as About.com guide to civil liberties for 9 years, and received a second-place AAN AltWeekly Award in 2012 for my analysis of the Mississippi State Legislature. I’ve also written scripts for Wisecrack. My video on the philosophy of the Joker was the third-ranked philosophy-related video on YouTube for 2016; other subjects I’ve covered include the theology of South Park, the implications of serial killer fandom, and how the Star Wars universe in general (and Darth Vader in particular) deals with death. I hold a Ph.D. in religion and society from Edith Cowan University and an M.A. in humanities from California State University, Dominguez Hills. My doctoral dissertation, Normal Mysticism, is the first single-author volume-length study of Rabbi Max Kadushin’s work from a secular perspective. I’m currently working on a Master in Theology from the University of South Africa, where my research will focus on the African-American Catholic community in Jackson, Mississippi. If I sound like somebody you’d like to hire, or you have a really engaging volunteer/pro bono project that you’d like me to consider, drop me a line.
…California State University, Dominguez Hills…
Chicana/o and Latina/o literature, print culture, digital humanities.
Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Near Eastern Languages and Cultures department at the University of California-Los Angeles. In 2017-2018 I was the Emeline Hill Richardson Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow in Ancient Studies at the American Academy in Rome. I received my PhD in Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My primary research interests are in the Early Judaism, rabbinic literature, the Roman Near East.