As a scholar, instructor, musician, and writer, I am equally passionate about the creative and the critical imagination—two coordinates that orient my work.
I received my Ph.D. in religious studies from Stanford University in 2017, with a specialization in modern religious thought, ethics, and philosophy. I also hold an MA in Religious Studies from Stanford, an MA in the History of Religions from Universiteit van Amsterdam, and a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies (Comparative Literature, Philosophy, Religious Studies) from SUNY Buffalo.
Positioned at the intersection of religion and culture, the environmental humanities, and the philosophy of religion, thematically, my research explores the connections between the history of religious experience, corporeal cognition, and the ecological imagination; methodologically, my work is grounded in historical-critical theory and philosophical hermeneutics. And I am committed to a vision of the humanities that is rigorously interdisciplinary and global in perspective.
Teaching is also an integral aspect of my identity as a scholar, and I have taught for the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford and Santa Clara University as well as the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies at Sonoma State University.
Alongside my academic activities, I am the primary songwriter for the alternative Americana project Lux Interna and an author of both creative fiction and poetry. I am currently working on an experimental novel that pairs text with sound and a series of immersive, multimedia installations.
As a historian of religion and philosophy, I engage in the work of reconstruction, archeology, and preservation: I translate the absent and the fragmentary into the tangibility of event, figure, and concept. As a musician and writer, I strive to excavate and express what is “still living” in my research and bring it into conversation with the questions and concerns of contemporary culture.
By moving between these different practices of knowledge production, I hope to find a graceful rhythm that alternately accents inspiration and interpretation, predication and performance, fixity and fluidity. In doing so, my goal is to gain multiple perspectives on subject matter that ultimately exceeds the scope of any one analysis; a task that calls for continuously recognizing that "each venture/Is a new beginning, a raid on the inarticulate." (TS Eliot)