• 2018 Ph.D., Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 2006 M.A.T., Language Arts, Lewis & Clark College Graduate School
  • 2004 M.A.R. (cum laude), History of Christianity, Yale Divinity School
  • 2002 B.A. English, Philosophy (with honors), Lewis & Clark College

Academic and Professional Employment

  • 2022- Academic Director, Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 2020-2022 Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 2019-2020 Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor, University of Southern Mississippi
  • 2018-2019 Lecturer, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 2011-2018 Teaching Assistant/Associate, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 2006-2010 Teacher, Wood Middle School (Wilsonville, OR)
  • 2005-2006 Instructor, Mt. Hood Community College (OR)


Journal Articles

Book Chapters

Encyclopedia Entries

Conference Proceedings

  • 2013. “Thrasymachus: Diagnosis and Treatment” (with Nicholas D. Smith). In Dialogues on Plato’s “Politeia” (“Republic”): Selected Papers from the Ninth Symposium Platonicum (International Plato Studies, Volume 31), edited by Noburu Notomi and Luc Brisson, 60-65. Sankt Augustin, Germany: Academia Verlag.

Book Reviews

  • 2022. Review of Speak of the Devil: How the Satanic Temple is Changing the Way We Talk about Religion, by Joseph P. Laycock, Religion 52.1: 143-146.
  • 2020. Review of Our Non-Christian Nation: How Atheists, Satanists, Pagans, and Others Are Demanding Their Rightful Place in Public Life, by Jay Wexler, Sociology of Religion 81.3: 347-347.
  • 2018. Review of Inventing American Religion: Polls, Surveys, and the Tenuous Quest for a Nation’s Faith, by Robert Wuthnow, Religion 48.1: 132-135.
  • 2016. Review of Media Portrayals of Religion and the Secular Sacred: Representation and Change, by Kim Knott, Elizabeth Poole, and Teemu Taira, Religion 46.3: 480-484.
  • 2014. Review of Religion and Hip Hop, by Monica R. Miller, Religion 44.1: 186-189.
  • 2012. Review of Aimee Semple McPherson and the Making of Modern Pentecostalism, 1890-1926, by Chas. H. Barfoot, Religion 42.4: 674-677.

Selected Online Academic Articles

Other Publications

  • 2010. “My Oregon Territories.” In Oregon Stories, compiled by Ooligan Press, 171-172. Portland, OR: Ooligan Press [Portland State University].

Selected Grants, Awards, and Honors

  • 2021 Donia Human Rights Center Book Preparation Workshop Grant (“Asian American Religions, Religious Freedom, and the State,” with Melissa Borja), University of Michigan ($9,530)
  • 2018 Walter Capps Memorial Award, Religious Studies Department, UCSB
  • 2018 UCSB University Service Award
  • 2018 UCSB Academic Senate Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award Nominee
  • 2016 Certificate of Gratitude, CARE Advocate Office for Sexual Violence, UCSB
  • 2015 UCSB Academic Senate Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award Nominee
  • 2015 Dean’s Prize Teaching Fellowship, UCSB
  • 2015 Cordano Catholic Studies Grant ($360)
  • 2015 UCSB Open Access Fund Award, UCSB Library
  • 2014 UCSB Academic Senate Doctoral Student Travel Grant ($650)
  • 2014 Society for the Scientific Study of Religion Travel Award
  • 2014 UCSB Graduate Dean’s Advancement Fellowship ($6,750)
  • 2013 UCSB Institute for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research (ISBER) Graduate Research Award for Social Science Surveys (GRASSS) Grant ($600)
  • 2013 Chair’s Distinguished Service Award, Religious Studies Department, UCSB
  • 2012 Professor Robert S. Michaelsen Memorial Award for Academic Achievement in The Study of American Religion, Religious Studies Department, UCSB
  • 2012 Graduate Students Association Excellence in Teaching Award Nominee, UCSB
  • 2010-2013 Rowny Research Fellowship, Religious Studies Department, UCSB
  • 2003-2004 Paul L. Holmer Scholar, Yale Divinity School
  • 1998-2002 Dean’s Scholar, Lewis & Clark College

Podcast Interviews Conducted

Research Experience

  • 2020-2022 Project manager for the Meaning of Religion Project (part of a $2.8 million Templeton Foundation grant, “Spirituality and Prosocial Values in the Absence of Religion among Millennials and Their Families”) and the Secular Communities Survey (the largest-ever survey of U.S. nonbeliever groups), UCSB
  • 2010-2013 Conducted interviews and created annotated bibliography about contemporary sexuality and spirituality, UCSB
  • 2002-2004 Transcribed sermon manuscripts for The Works of Jonathan Edwards Project, Yale Divinity School

Selected Professional Service

  • 2022-present: Book proposal reviewer for Routledge
  • 2021-present: Steering Committee, Asian North American Religion, Culture, & Society Unit, AAR
  • 2020-present: Co-Chair, Sociology of Religion Unit, AAR
  • 2020-present: Book proposal reviewer for Bloomsbury
  • 2019: Steering Committee, Sociology of Religion Unit, AAR
  • 2016-present: Manuscript reviewer for Secularism & Nonreligion
  • 2015-present: Scholar as Resource, Religion and Diversity Project (Canada)
  • 2014-2016: Interviewer, Religious Studies Project (podcast series)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Religion
  • North American Association for the Study of Religion
  • The Study of Religion as an Analytic Discipline
  • American Sociological Association
  • American Anthropological Association
  • Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
  • Association for the Sociology of Religion
  • Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network
  • American Society for Church History