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.
I'm excited to be the newest co-curator at Anthrocybib, a fantastic resource for the anthropology of Christianity. Access it here.
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 the steering committee for the Anthropology unit of the American Academy of Religion.
Everyday Sacred: Contemporary Religion in Quebec with McGill-Queen's University Press. See more here & get a copy here. Book launch 29 November in Montreal. All are welcome! Details here.
The emotional attachments and material sensations of capitalism. Plus talking mite boxes. Check out my newest article in Church History.
Ambient secularism and public religious objects in Quebec. My recent article on wayside crosses in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion. Access it here.