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 my dissertation, "A Secular Form of Life: Religion, Literature, and Criticism, 1933–2011," and laying the groundwork for my second project, joining a team of social scientists, artists, and museum professionals in a Neubauer Collegium project, "Open Fields: Ethics, Aesthetics, and the Very Idea of a Natural History." Here, I extend my dissertation research, which involves an analysis of religious—and arguably modernist—works of art, and the secular audiences that love (to hate) them, into institutional contexts—specifically, fine art and natural history museums—wherein questions concerning representative material, materiality, and media 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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