The John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics draws on the vast experience and resources of many people to fulfill its mission: to deepen academic and public understanding of religion and politics in the United States.
My research focuses on Islam, gender, and race in America. My book-in-progress analyzes American Muslim women’s religious authority, examining how they negotiate the Islamic tradition and build gender-equitable worship spaces.
I work on contemporary religious ethics and political theory with an emphasis on feminist thought, Christian theology, and modern forms of power critique. My first book is about uncertainty in loving relationships and its lessons for contemporary ethics and politics.
It’s been a thrill and an honor to be a part of the Center’s growth from an idea to a thriving academic community exploring some of today’s most urgent issues with a hand in educated action and a heart for the humanity in our differences. It’s a job that gives me hope every day!
I am a historian of religion in the twentieth century U.S., with a particular interest in the intersection of religion and politics. I am especially interested in the relationship between various forms of American religious media and notions of race, socio-economics, gender, citizenship, and nationhood.
In editing the Center’s online journal, I have the opportunity to work with many wonderful writers from the academy and media. Together, we get to explore some of the most important and contentious issues of our time.
My research takes the history of cognitive disability in the United States as a generative archive for students of religion, one that is dense with questions about sociality and the meanings of human vulnerability.