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I'm an anthropologist and historian of North American Christianity. My work tracks people's experiences of the divine and the unseen through material things, sensory experiences, and financial systems.
I'm also interested in how people foster real and imagined connections with symbolically resonant sites faraway, such as ‘the Holy Land’ or the ‘Global Church.’ These themes are central in my books on Holy Land pilgrimage and Christian globalism.
My current research revisits these themes in new ways, exploring transatlantic atmospheric pressures & multispecies relations in ecologies under stress. As part of that work, I direct TERA, an experiment in collective thinking about technology, ecology, and religion. My second ongoing research project returns to my interest in religious heritage objects in Quebec, as innovative financial strategies are redefining public/private and secular/religious space.
I'm a professor at McGill University in Montreal, where I hold a William Dawson Research Chair. I'm also a fellow at Concordia's Center for Sensory Studies and I co-edit two book series: Contemporary Anthropology of Religion at Palgrave Macmillan & New Directions in the Anthropology of Christianity at Bloomsbury.