I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I received my Ph.D. in Religious Studies from UCSB in 2018.
I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of California, Santa Barbara. 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 also research governmental regulation of religio-racial minorities.
Current projects include an intergenerational study of religion, spirituality, and values, funded by the John Templeton Foundation, and a book about the Universal Life Church. I am also developing articles about the Orientalist origins of the brainwashing concept, the Esalen Institute’s spiritualization of geopolitics, and the federal taxation of religious groups.
I have also conducted podcast interviews and written posts for the Religious Studies Project, published book reviews and encyclopedia entries, and contributed articles for academic blogs. You can find these here.
I am co-chair of the Sociology of Religion Unit and serve on the steering committee of the Asian North American Religion, Culture, & Society Unit at the American Academy of Religion (AAR).