Co-founder and Executive Director of the workshop innovating qualitative research design in religion, culture, and society. Founded in 2011, the SORAAAD workshop is a platform for experiments with critical and behavioral theories, methodologies, conceptualization, and research design focused on religion.


Ph.D. History and Critical Theories of Religion, Graduate Department of Religion, Vanderbilt University

M.A.  History and Critical Theories of Religion, Graduate Department of Religion, Vanderbilt University

A.M. Religious Studies, The Divinity School, University of Chicago

A.B.  History Department, The College, University of Chicago



2016 Review essay,“The Blackwell Companion to Religion and Violence, Andrew Murphy, Editor, (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011),” The Journal of Religion and Violence, Volume 4, Number 1, 2016, 101-106.

2015 ““Better get to know Practicum: Critical Theory, Religion, and Pedagogy” an interview with Craig Martin and Brad Stoddard of Practicum Blog.” Bulletin for the Study of Religion, December 2015, Volume 44, Number 4, 46-49.

2013 “Bruce Lincoln’s ‘How to Read a Religious Text’: an Experiment of Application.” Bulletin for the Study of Religion, April 2013, Volume 42, Number 2, 13-19.

2007 “The Widow’s Mite: The Agency of Women in the A.M.E. at the Turn of the Century.” The A.M.E. Church Review, July – September 2007, Volume CXXIII No. 407, 23-54.

Book Reviews

2013 “On Teaching Religion: Essays by Jonathan Z. Smith. By Jonathan Z. Smith, edited by Christopher I. Lehrich. (University of Chicago, 2013).” Religious Studies Review, Volume 39, Issue 4, December 2013, 235-36.

2012 “Violence as Worship: Religious Wars in the Age of Globalization, by Hans Kippenberg. (Stanford University Press, 2011).” The Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 36, Volume 41, Number 2, April 2012, 36. Originally appeared on The Bulletin for the Study of Religion Blog, BookNotes, January 25, 2012.

2012 “Setting Down the Sacred Past, by Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp. (Harvard University Press, 2010).” SORAAAD BookNotes with the Bulletin, April 11, 2012.

2012 “Religious Experience Reconsidered: A Building Block Approach to the Study of Religion and other Special Things, by Ann Taves. (Princeton University Press, 2009).” SORAAAD BookNotes with the Bulletin, March 15, 2012.

2012 “Gods and Demons, Priests and Scholars: Critical Explorations in the History of Religions, by Bruce Lincoln. (University of Chicago, 2012).” SORAAAD BookNotes with the Bulletin, July 18, 2012.

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

Appropriation and the Analytical Study of Religion.

November 17, 2017, Boston, MA

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