Department of Religious Studies
2000 North Parkway
Memphis, Tennessee 38112
Phone: (901) 843-3139 E-mail: email@example.com
Associate Professor, Department of
· Co-Director of The Memphis Music and Religion Archive of the Mike Curb Institute for Music, Rhodes College, 2008-present.
· Faculty Fellow for Teaching Mentorship, responsible for administration of the Teaching Mentors Program and Teaching and Learning Seminar at Rhodes College, 2009-present.
Assistant Professor, Department of
Religious in Wonderland, a monograph on the history of religions in
· Formed from This Soil: The Diversity of Religious Life in American History, a textbook of American religious history with special attention to religious diversity. Under contract with Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
Tourists: The Borderlands of Religion and Tourism in
· “The Modern Religiosity of the Newark Earthworks,” in The Newark Earthworks and World Heritage: One Site, Many Contexts [working title], ed. Lindsay Jones (forthcoming).
· “Tourism and Pilgrimage,” in Encyclopedia of Religion in America, ed. Charles Lippy and Peter Williams, CQ Press (2010).
· “The Brother of Jesus in Toronto,” in Resurrecting the Brother of Jesus: The Rise, Fall and Religion of the James Ossuary, ed. Bernadette McNary-Zak and Ryan Byrne, University of North Carolina Press (2009): 31-58.
“A Touristic Spirit in Places of
Religion,” in Faith in
· “Lorraine Motel,” in American Icons: An Encyclopedia of the People, Places, and Things that have Shaped Our Culture, ed. Dennis R. Hall and Susan Grove Hall, Greenwood (2006): 419-424.
“Sacred Spaces and Tourist Places,” in Tourism, Religion, and Spiritual Journeys, ed.
“Tourism and Religion,” in The
“Reading the Sahagún
Dialogues,” in Sahagún at 500: Essays on the Quincentenary of the
Birth of Fr. Bernardino de Sahagún, ed.
John Frederick Schwaller,
“Il Genius Loci Ignotus di Eranos e la
Creazione di un Luogo Sacro,” in Eranos,
“Tourists and Religion at
“Pilgrimage,” “San Juan de los
Lagos, Nuestra Señora de,”
“Talpa, Nuestra Señora del Rosario de,” and “Zapopan, Nuestra
Señora de,” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of
“Sacrificial Slaughter and
Dressing Up: Gender Articulations in
· Religion and Tourism: Crossroads, Destinations, and Encounters by Michael Stausberg, in Religion (forthcoming).
of the Ozarks: Religion and Tourism in
· A Christian Theology of Place by John Inge, in Scottish Journal of Theology, volume 61, issue 2 (May 2008).
· Roadside Religion: In Search of the Sacred, the Strange, and the Substance of Faith by Timothy K. Beal, a book note in Religious Studies Review, volume 32, number 1 (January 2006).
Life of Puppets by Victoria Nelson, in The
Americanization of Religious
A New Theory of the Leisure Class by Dean
RECENT CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
“The Evangelical Origins of
National Parks.” To be presented at the
· “National Parks in Nineteenth-Century Evangelical Imagination.” Presented at International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture conference “Nature and the Popular Imagination,” August 9, 2012, Malibu, California.
· “The Modern Religiosity of the Newark Earthworks.” Presented at “The Newark Earthworks and World Heritage: One Site, Many Contexts” symposium, May 3, 2011, Granville, Ohio.
· Chair and panelist, “Religion in the Parks: An Interdisciplinary Discussion.” George Wright Society biennial meeting, March 14, 2011, New Orleans, Louisiana.
“Evangelizing in the Parks: Warren Ost and A Christian
Ministry in the National Parks.”
Presented at the Southeastern Commission for the Study of
Religion annual meeting,
· “American Journeys Toward Religious Freedom.” Keynote speech at the “Roger Williams and America's Journey Towards Religious Freedom” conference cosponsored by the John Nicholas Brown Center at Brown University, the Roger Williams National Memorial, and the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Providence, Rhode Island, October 24, 2008.
are of one army’: The Paradox of Pluralism in Postbellum America.” Presented at
“Convivencia: Religious Identities in the New World,” a Lilly National Research
· Methods and Theories in the Study of Religion
· Religious Studies Senior Seminar
· Religious Diversity in America
· Religion in Colonial America
· Religion in Nineteenth-Century America
· Religion and Tourism in America
· American Sacred Space
· Music of Memphis Religions
· Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies (summer institute supervising students’ independent research projects)
· Participant in the seminar “Christian Hymnody in Historical Perspective,” directed by Edith Blumhofer, June 23-July 3, 2008, Seminars in Christian Scholarship program, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Giles W. and Elise G. Mead Foundation
and Mayers Fellow of the
Jacob K. Javits
· Creative Plan for Public and Digital Arts Support grant to digitize the music and papers of Rev. William Herbert Brewster, Memphis composer and theologian, 2011-2012 (with Dr. Carole Blankenship of the Music Department).
· Mike Curb Institute for Music Grant for the Memphis Music and Religion Archive, 2008-2009, renewed 2010-2011 (with Dr. Carole Blankenship of the Music Department).
· Mike Curb Institute for Music Grant to develop new course “The Music of Memphis Religions,” 2007.
Faculty Development Endowment
Grant, “Worshipping Paradise: Yellowstone and Religion in
Faculty Development Endowment
Grant, “Religion in
Rhodes College Outstanding Career
· Center for the Study of Religion Dissertation Research Award, 1999-2000.
Summer Stipend in the Humanities
and Social Sciences,
· Center for the Study of American Religion Research Fellowship, 1997-1999.
· Council on Regional Studies Pre-Dissertation Research Grant, 1998.
· Council on Regional Studies Summer Research Grant, 1997.
· Latin American Studies Summer Research Grant, 1997.
· Phi Beta Kappa, 1995.
· Phi Kappa Phi Undergraduate Enrichment Award, 1995.
· Pressey Honors Endowment, 1995.
· Undergraduate Research Scholarship, 1994.
· Comparative Studies Spectrum Writing Award, 1994.