- BA Portland State University 1999
- MA, PhD University of California, Santa Barbara 2003, 2007
- Religion and law/politics in the U.S.
- Religion and human rights
- Secularism and secularity
The contemporary intersection of religion and politics; conservative religious engagements with modernity; the separation of church and state in the U.S.; religion and the "culture wars"; the role of religion and secularism in the creation and propagation of international human rights.
Books Seeing the Myth in Human Rights
(Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017)
Articles and Book Chapters
"Human Rights, the American Right, and a Clash of Civil Religions," forthcoming in The Subject of Human Rights
"'Honorable Religious Premises' and Other Affronts: Disputing Free Exercise in the Era of Trump," forthcoming in Studies in Law, Politics, and Society
"Traditional Marriage on Trial: The Supreme Court, Same-Sex Marriage, and the Fate of Secular Argumentation," Journal of Church and State 59.1 (Winter 2017): 81-101
"Sacred Institutions and Secular Law: The Faltering Voice of Religion in the Courtroom Debate Over Same-Sex Marriage," Journal of Church and State 56.2 (Spring 2014): 248-268
"Political Myth and the Sacred Center of Human Rights: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Narrative of 'Inherent Human Dignity,'" Human Rights Review 12.2 (May 2011): 147-171
"Radical Islam and Human Rights Values: A 'Religious-Minded' Critique of Secular Liberty, Equality and Brotherhood," Journal of the American Academy of Religion 78.2 (2010): 449-476
"Rogue Agents, Religion, and the Rule of Law: The Limits of Legalism in the Face of Technologies of Mass Destruction," Implicit Religion 2.1 (2009)
Public Scholarship "The Religious Left,"
guest scholar on Two Broads Talking Politics
podcast, February 7, 2018. "Seeing the myth in human rights,"
blog post on Open Democracy: Free Thinking for the World
, March 29, 2017 “American Christians and the Trump Vote: What’s Law Got to Do with It?”
blog post on UOPblog: Oxford University Press’s Academic Insights for the Thinking World
, January 19, 2017 “Human Rights in the Era of Trump?”
blog post on The Penn Press Log
, January 4, 2017 “After Sandy: Presidential rhetoric and visions of solidarity,”
forum post on The Immanent Frame
, November 7, 2012 “The Ins and Outs of Experiencing India,”
blog post on The Chronicle of Higher Education WorldWise
, February 13, 2012
“The ‘Humanity’ of Radical Jihad,” ISIM Review
18 (Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World
), October 2006: 14-15