Ph.D., M.A., Divinity School, The University of Chicago

B.A., Georgia State University

Academic interests

Religion and Violence, Religious Identity and Ethics, Religion and Literature, Modern Religious Thought


Militant Religion (394), Religion and Violence (R381), Religion and Its Monsters (R348), Contemporary Religious Thought (R343), Modern Religious Tribalism (R300), Religion and Literature (R300), Love and Justice (R300), Religion and Imagination (R223), Comparative Religions (R212), Introduction to Religion (R133)


Lecturer Development Grant (Summer 2007)

Honors Faculty Fellowship (Summer 2006)

Lecturer Development Grant (Summer 2006)

Grant-in-Aid for Teaching (2005-2006)

Lecturer Development Grant (2005)


"The Unnamed and the Defaced: The Limits of Rhetoric in Augustine's Confessiones," Journal of the American Academy of Religion; "The Cost of Redemption in Conrad's Lord Jim," Literature and Theology; and several book reviews for Religious Studies Review.


Co-Sponsor, Religious Studies Students Association; IU-School of Liberal Arts, Undergraduate Curriculum and Standards, 2011-2013; Department of Religious Studies, Curriculum Committee, 2009—; IU-School of Liberal Arts, Faculty Affairs Committee, Spring 2010; Steering and planning committee, American Academy of Religion, Colloquium on Violence & Religion sessions, 2007-2009; Teaching and Advising Committee, School of Liberal Arts, 2006-2007; Student Retention for Religious Studies Committee, 2006-2007.

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