My research explores the intersections between marginalized religious discourses and Continental philosophy, with a particular emphasis on questions of embodiment, selfhood, and the creative imagination.
In particular, I focus on three sites of interest: historiographically, I am concerned with the retrieval of divergent religious imaginaries that complicate traditional narrations of Western history; methodologically, I am committed to developing interpretive strategies that address the affective, visionary, and performative dimensions of “mystical” and non-discursive texts and phenomena; philosophically, I am interested in the body as a poetical and political event, a nexus between subject and society where authority is both inscribed and subverted.
My most recent research has begun to explore ethical, existential, and philosophical issues linked to the ways that we imagine and imbue natural phenomena with moral and spiritual value by tracing the history of the interconnected images of "darkness" and "wilderness" within western religious discourse; methodologically, I have become increasingly concerned with developing innovative ways to integrate sound studies, auralization techniques, and the creative arts into the study of religious aesthetics and mystical experience.
My work has received generous support from multiple institutions and scholarships. I have been a Fulbright Scholar to the Netherlands (2006) and a two-time recipient of the Dutch HSP Huygens Scholarship (2006-2008); the Freie Universität Berlin Graduate Exchange Fellowship (2012-2013); the Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences Graduate Research Opportunity Grant (2013); and the Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Award (2014-2015).