I'm a professor of religion at Concordia University in Montreal, with a PhD in American Studies from Harvard University.
My research examines the history and practice of North American Christianity. I'm interested in how the divine, the miraculous, and the unseen become real for people in particular times and places, especially through material objects and commercial practices.
Lately I've been thinking about the connections that we imagine and foster with people and places globally. These themes are central in my first book on Holy Land pilgrimage and in the book I'm working on now, which explores the development of international child sponsorship programs in Christian missions and NGOs. I began research on that project as a visiting fellow at Princeton's Center for the Study of Religion in 2014.
Currently, I sit on the executive board of the Society for the Anthropology of Religion and was selected for the Young Scholar in American Religion program (2013-2015).
Just published: Should gentiles in Messianic Jewish congregations keep the laws of Torah? Parsing the debate and the attributes of 'mimetic discipleship' in a new article in the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute: DOI: 10.1111/1467-9655.12443
Just published: Thinking about secularism and public religious objects in Quebec. See my article on wayside crosses in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion. Access it here.
I co-host the New Books in Religion podcast with Kristian Petersen, featuring bi-monthly interviews with the authors of some of the best new books on religion. Listen here.