Publications and Presentations

Articles and Book Chapters

Reference Book Entries

Book Reviews

  • Review of Nathaniel Deutsch, Inventing America’s “Worst” Family: Eugenics, Islam, and the Fall and Rise of the Tribe of Ishmael. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009. Religious Studies Review 37:3 (September 2011), 230.
  • Review of David S. Williams, From Mounds to Megachurches: Georgia’s Religious Heritage. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2008. Journal of Southern Religion XII (2010). http://jsr.fsu.edu/Volume12/Dillard%20on%20Williams.html
  • Review of Janet Moore Lindman, Bodies of Belief: Baptist Community in Early America. Philadelphia: University Of Pennsylvania Press, 2008. Religious Studies Review 37:3 (September 2011), 231-32.
  • Review of Jackson Lears, Rebirth of a Nation: The Making of Modern America, 1877-1920. New York: HarperCollins, 2009. Symposia: The Graduate Student Journal of the Centre for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto 2 (2010). http://symposia.library.utoronto.ca/index.php/symposia/index
  • Review of Gregory S. Jackson, The Word and Its Witness: The Spiritualization of American Realism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008. Religious Studies Review 36:2 (June 2010), 162.
  • Review of Rodney Clapp, Johnny Cash and the Great American Contradiction: Christianity and the Battle for the Soul of a Nation. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2008. Religious Studies Review 36.3 (September 2010), 238.
  • Review of Liyakat N. Takim, Shi’ism in America. New York: New York University Press, 2009. NEXT: Emerging Voices of Religious Studies Scholarship 3 (2009). http://rlst.colorado.edu/node/282
  • Review of Robert J. Norrell, Up From History: The Life of Booker T. Washington. Boston: Harvard University Press, 2009. Religious Studies Review 37:1 (March 2010), 75-76.
  • Review of Christine Pawley, Reading Places: Literacy, Democracy, and the Public Library in Cold War America. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2010. The Journal of American Culture 34:3 (September 2011). http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1542-734X.2011.00782_11.x/abstract
  • Review of Sally M. Promey, Spiritual Spectacles: Vision and Image in Mid-Nineteenth Century Shakerism. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1993. Alternative Spirituality and Religion Review 2:1 (2011), 159-62. http://www.academicpublishing.org/V2I1.php
  • Review of Karen Isaksen Leonard, Muslims in the United States: The State of Research. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2003. Intermountain West Journal of Religious Studies 3:1 (2011), 77-80. http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/imwjournal/vol3/iss1/6
  • Review of Elaine May, Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era. Fully Revised and Updated 20th Anniversary Edition, With a New Post 9/11 Epilogue. New York: Basic Books, 2008. Synthesis: Journal of Humanities and Social Affairs 3:1 (2011). http://www.sintezis.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Homeward-Bound.pdf
  • Review of Barry Hankins, Jesus and Gin: Evangelicalism, the Roaring Twenties and Today’s Culture Wars. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. Religious Studies Review (forthcoming).

Paper/Panel Presentations

  • “‘God will put a hook in that man’s jaws, so that he cannot preach’: Religious Intolerance and the American Transcendentalists,” Symposium on Religion, Florida State University, February 2009.
  • “The American Transcendentalists: A Religious Historiography,” Tennessee Conference of Historians, Lebanon, TN, September 2009.
  • “‘He is but dim and misty to me’: Native Americans, Religion, and Popular Culture,” Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, Boston, MA, November 2009.
  • “Henry David Thoreau, Science, and Nineteenth-Century Intellectual History,” in a session I organized entitled Science, Salvation, and Rationalism: Innovations in Nineteenth-Century American Thought, U.S. Intellectual History Conference, New York, NY, November 2009. Chaired by Charles Capper.
  • “‘The delicious sense of foreignness’: American Transcendentalism in the Atlantic,” Symposium on Religion, Florida State University, February 2010.
  • “‘The simplest religion is the best’: Anxiety and Assurance in Thomas Wentworth Higginson,” Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion Conference (AAR/SBL), Atlanta, GA, March 2010.
  • “‘What is man but a mass of thawing clay?’: Thoreau and the Nineteenth-Century Posthuman,” Symposium on American Literature (“Inscribing the Human: Materiality and Virtuality in the 19th Century”), Florida State University, April 2010.
  • “‘Present Another World’: A Study of Religion and Literature Through Mohja Kahf,” Popular and American Culture Associations in the South Conference. Savannah, GA. October 2010.
  • “‘Yes, I carry explosives / They’re called words’: Contested Cultures in Contemporary American Muslim Literature,” Midwest Modern Language Association Conference. Chicago, IL. November 2010.
  • “‘Who are we? Where are we?’: Thoreau, Embodiment, and the Nineteenth-Century Transformation of Humanity,” Transforming Humanity, a conference at the University of Pennsylvania, sponsored by The Center for Inquiry, the Penn Center for Bioethics, and the Penn Center for Neuroscience & Society. Philadelphia, PA. December 2010.
  • ““I Came Across the World to Write for You”: Transnational Islam in American Literature,” Southern American Studies Association Conference. Atlanta, GA. February 2011.
  • “‘Raising People’s Rile: Transnational Muslim Literature in the post-9/11 Era,” Midwest Modern Language Association Conference. St. Louis, MO. November 2011.
  • “The Imaginary Ummahs of Abduh, al-Banna, and Shariati: Some Early Effects of Deterritorialization,” Pacific Northwest Region of the AAR/SBL Conference. Portland, OR. May 2012.
  • “Environmental Religions in North America: A Modest Proposal,” Pacific Northwest Region of the AAR/SBL Conference. Portland, OR. May 2012.
  • “Rethinking Religion, Literature, and the American Transcendentalists: A Reassessment of the Usefulness of F.O. Matthiessen and M.H. Abrams,” Modern Language Association Conference. Boston, MA. January 2013 (invited).
  • “The Right Signals Initiative: Update and Lessons,” National Council for Workforce Education – Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA. October 2016.
  • “Guided Pathways for Apprentices into Baccalaureate Programs,” Community College Baccalaureate Association – Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA. March 2017.

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