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Not going anywhere for the foreseeable future! Or, at least until I'm vaccinated.
I'm an anthropologist and historian of North American Christianity. My work tracks people's experiences of the divine, the miraculous, and the unseen through material things and sensory experiences. I often focus on aspects of capitalism and consumption, such as tourism, heritage creation, or charitable corporations.
I also have an abiding interest 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 book on Holy Land pilgrimage and the one I've just finished, which explores Christian globalism through child sponsorship programs.
I'm a professor of Anthropology & Religious Studies at McGill University in Montreal and a faculty fellow with Concordia's Center for Sensory Studies and Yale's Center for the Study of Material and Visual Cultures of Religion.
I also co-edit the Contemporary Anthropology of Religion book series at Palgrave Macmillan & co-curate the New Directions in the Anthropology of Christianity website.