About Me

I am an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Marymount University where I have been on faculty since 2006.  I earned my Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2004 in the fields of religion in America, sociology of religion, and race, ethnicity and immigration.

My scholarship focuses on contemporary religious trends in the United States including such topics as multicultural churches, the religiously unaffiliated, funeral rituals, and the hospice movement (see Current Projects for more details).  A complete list of scholarly publications and grant awards is available in my curriculum vitae. I regularly attend the annual conferences of the American Academy of Religion and Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.

At Marymount University I have taught courses and Honors tutorials on world religions, American religious history, death and religion, young adults and religion, religious unaffiliated Americans, sex and religion, and method and theory in the study of religion.  In addition, I am the adviser of the Muslim Student Association and each spring I coordinate the Marymount Interfaith Forum. 
I was honored to receive a Commonwealth of Virignia Outstanding Faculty Award in 2012.  Recently I was awarded a 2013-2014 Fulbright U.S. scholar grant and spent 5 months in Slovenia at the University of Ljubljana guest lecturing with the Faculty of Social Sciences

I also serve as the director of Arlington's Coalition to Improve Advanced Care (CIAC), which was launched in April 2016. The mission of CIAC is to improve the quality of life for those facing advanced illness and their caregivers. For more information about the Coalition see our website: www.ciacarlington.org.