Assistant Professor of Honors Interdisciplinary Studies
My Role in the Honors College
I teach Citizen and Self, part of the Honors College Core Curriculum, and I advise and work with students on research.
I got my undergraduate degree at Miami University of Ohio. I studied religion, political science, and psychology. I got my Master of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School where I will also complete my doctoral work in religion in December 2012.
I spend a lot of time thinking and writing about the intersections between public life and religion in the United States. I am especially interested in the ways that constructions of sexuality and gender influence this landscape.
Hobbies and Interests
Hobbies include vegetarian cooking, rescuing abused cats, and playing hours and hours of “pretend” with my son. I am also interested in how communities can develop stronger resilience in the face of environmental and economic challenges.
What Brought me to the HC
I came to the Honors College because it was such a great opportunity to work with undergraduates in an interdisciplinary environment, asking questions about how we can live well together in a democracy.
A Little About Myself
I grew up on a little farm in Ohio, but spent my summers in Kentucky with my grandparents. After living in urban Massachusetts for a decade, my partner Wolfgang, our son Elijah, and our cats are excited to return to my roots in Kentucky where houses are affordable, people are friendly, and it hardly ever snows.