About

I am currently an instructor at the University of Waterloo, in the Religious Studies Department and in the Arts First Program.

My research is predominately in the field of religion and social theory, with a focus on improvisational conspiracy, the overlapping belief systems of apocalyptic Christian thought and conspiracy theories, and the impact of these beliefs on the American political system.

In my doctoral work, my focus was on the John Birch Society of the 1950s and ’60s and how their form of improvisational conspiracism is linked to contemporary right-wing mobilization.

I also have an interest in religion and pop culture, specifically within subversive or marginalized religious movements. My popular publications can be found at Religion Dispatches. My interviews for the Religious Studies Project can be found here.