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 of Divinity online (expected 2022) from St. Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine. 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 teach English and Comparative Literature at California State University, Fullerton, with a specialization in the early modern period. My research focuses mostly on seventeenth-century English literature, with emphases on the intersections of politics and writing and on classical reception.