Education and Employment


Ph.D., Department of Religion, Florida State University, 2015

  • Field: American Religious History; Secondary Area: Modern Islamic History
  • Dissertation: “Environmental Religion and the American Transcendentalist Legacy”
  • Exams: Passed with distinction, Dec. 2011: American Religious History; Theory and Method in the Study of Religion; Islamic Studies; Environmental Religions
  • Committee: Amanda Porterfield (chair), John Corrigan, Amy Koehlinger, Michael McVicar, and David Kirby

M.A., Department of Religious Studies, University of Denver, 2007

  • Field: Comparative Religion
  • Thesis: “A Genealogy of Religion and the Early American Penitentiary”
  • First Reader: Luis Leon; Second Reader: Carl Raschke

B.A., Departments of Religion and English, Hendrix College, 2002


    • German (intermediate reading, speaking, and writing knowledge)
    • French, Spanish (intermediate reading and writing knowledge)

Teaching Experience

2012-present Instructor, Department of Continuing Education, South Seattle College

      • History of the World’s Religions

2008-15 Instructor, Department of Religion, Florida State University

      • History of the World’s Religions
      • Religion(s) in US History
      • Multicultural Film

Professional Employment and Editing Experience

    • Associate Dean for Georgetown and Baccalaureate Programs, South Seattle College (Seattle, WA), 2016-present
    • Interim Associate Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, South Seattle College (Seattle, WA), 2015-16
    • Student Success Specialist, South Seattle College (Seattle, WA), 2013-15
    • Academic and Financial Aid Advisor, DeVry University and Keller Graduate School of Management (Seattle, WA), 2012-13
    • Review Coordinator and Editorial Assistant, Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, 2011-2015
    • Section Chair, Modern Language Association, Religion and Literature, 2010-2015
    • Section Chair, Modern Language Association, Comparative Literature, 2011-2015
    • News Editor, Religion Compass, 2009-2015
    • Financial Aid Advisor and Student Advisor Manager, Office of Financial Aid, University of Denver, 2005-08

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