Dusty Hoesly

I am a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I earned a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from UCSB in 2018.

My research focuses on American religions and secularism, specializing in how minority religions and spiritual movements shape modern American culture. I employ humanistic and social scientific methodologies to investigate how religion is constructed through discourse, practices, and institutions. I have published articles on the Universal Life Church and contemporary weddings, organic foods in new religious movements, and biodiverity and spiritual wellbeing.

Previously, I taught as a Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi and as a Lecturer at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

I officiate weddings through My Generation Weddings, which offers non-denominational, mixed-faith, spiritual, and secular ceremonies in traditional or modern styles. My expertise about contemporary wedding rituals and personalized ceremonies has been featured in the New York Times.

Born and raised in Oregon, I have a deep love for the outdoors. I also enjoy travel, music, film, and collecting books.