BA, 2003, University of California at Berkeley; PhD expected 2016, University of Chicago.


"The (Super)Naturalistic Turn in Contemporary Theory," Nonsite, no. 8 (2013)
"From Theological Theater to Theological Therapy: Flannery O'Connor's Modernist Graces," (under review)

Review Article:
"Encountering Religion: Responsibility and Criticism after Secularism," by Tyler Roberts. The Journal of Religion, Vol. 95, no. 2, (April 2015), pp. 274-276.


Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, Junior Fellow: 2014–2015
Walter and Carol Blair Dissertation Fellowship: 2013–2014
Century Fellowship, Division of Humanities, University of Chicago: 2007–2011

Personal Statement

Currently, I am completing a joint PhD in the Department of English Language and Literature and the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. My dissertation,  "A Secular Form of Life: Religion, Literature, and Criticism, 1933–2011," sets out to characterize a neglected tradition of secular literature and criticism at a time when the availability—indeed, the very intelligibility, to say nothing of the desirability—of a secular form of life has become an object of intense scholarly analysis and suspicion. I am also laying the groundwork for a second project, tentatively entitled, "Open Fields: Ethics, Aesthetics, and the Very Idea of a Natural History," which is being generously supported by the Mellon Foundation and administered through the "Humanities Without Walls: Global Midwest." Here, I join a team of social scientists and museum professionals, extending my literary and philosophical research into institutional contexts—specifically, fine art and natural history museums—where questions concerning representative material, materiality, and mediation are especially urgent to questions concerning aesthetics, ethics, and "lived" religion.

Current Interests

American Literature, Contemporary Anglophone Literature, African American Intellectual History, Transnational Modernism, History and Theory of Literary Criticism, Philosophy of Art, Mind and Religion, History and Theory of Photography and Jazz


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