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 people's experiences of the divine, the miraculous, and the unseen in particular times and places, especially through the use of material things 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 production of Christian globalism through international child sponsorship programs. I began research on that project as a visiting fellow at Princeton's Center for the Study of Religion in 2014.
Currently, I am a faculty fellow with Concordia's Center for Sensory Studies and have just signed on as co-editor of the Society for the Anthropology of Religion's book series at Palgrave Macmillan press.
Everyday Sacred: Contemporary Religion in Quebec with McGill-Queen's University Press. See more here & get a copy 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.