I was born in Dayton, Ohio but grew up in northern Georgia. I went to college in North Carolina, where I met my wife. We married in 2006 and then moved up to Boston and then down to Princeton for my master's and PhD. We moved to Arizona in 2013, when I was hired for a position in Global Christianity at Arizona State University, where I still work. We now have two cats and three kids.
My scholarship has engaged with a wide range of topics, including conversion, imperialism, violence, genocide, and lived religion. I am the author of two monographs, Imagining Persecution (2021) and Living Salvation in the East African Revival in Uganda (2017). I have engaged in a number of collaborative scholarly projects on conversion in Africa, Christianity and global violence, and comparative genocide.
I have also published creative work, including photography, creative nonfiction, memoir, and poetry. I am increasingly interested in working on projects that utilize the strengths of multi-disciplinary approaches and different modes of creative and analytical expression.
This site provides examples of these three dimensions of my work.
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