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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 and sensory experiences. I often focus on aspects of capitalism and consumption, such as tourism, heritage creation, or charitable corporations.
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 atmospheric pressures & multispecies relations in ecologies under stress. As part of that work, I direct TERA, an experiment in collaborative thinking about technology, ecology, and religion.
I'm a professor at McGill University in Montreal, where I hold a William Dawson Research Chair. I serve as 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 & the New Directions in the Anthropology of Christianity series at Bloomsbury.