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As an Advising Dean, I’m privileged to work with students as they carve out their own sense of belonging in the College. I approach this work with a spirit of curiosity. I’m unendingly curious about the unique interests and experiences each student brings to the table; and I aim to help my students embrace their own spirit of curiosity about the rich and varied intellectual worlds and academic communities they’ll traverse during their liberal arts education. My passion for helping each of my students find their own sense of belonging in the College of Arts and Sciences comes from my own experience of falling madly in love with the study of religion in American culture. In the past, I’ve authored articles and produced podcasts on religious communities grappling with environmental issues, while my teaching engages more broadly with intersections of religion and culture in America, such as my COLA course on religious themes in American reality TV. When I’m not on grounds, I can usually be found at a baseball game or watching Real Housewives with my cat, Maude, and my wife, Jackie, a local mental health therapist. 

Degrees

  • B.A., Wheaton College
  • M.Div., Duke Divinity School
  • Ph.D., University of Virginia