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