Abbreviated CV

Education

  • Ph.D., 2007, Department of Religion, Syracuse University
  • M.Phil., 2004, Department of Religion, Syracuse University
  • M.A. in Theological Studies, 2002, Claremont School of Theology
  • B.A., 1999, Department of Religious Studies, Anderson University

Research/Teaching Interests

  • Religion, Culture, and Society
  • Religion, Modernity, and Secularization
  • Theory and Method in the Study of Religion
  • Feminist Theory and Critical Theory
  • Religion, Authority, and Ideology

Teaching Experience

  • Associate Professor of Religious Studies, St. Thomas Aquinas College, 2015 to the present
  • Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, St. Thomas Aquinas College, 2008-2015
  • Instructor, Cazenovia College, 2007-2008
  • Instructor, Alfred University, 2007
  • Instructor, Syracuse University, 2005-2007

Books

  • Ideality, Discourse, and Ideology: A Critique of the Study of Culture. In progress.
  • Gender: A Critical Primer. With K. Merinda Simmons. Contracted with Equinox Publishing.
  • A Critical Introduction to the Study of Religion, Second Edition. Contracted with Routledge Publishing.
  • Stereotyping Religion: Critiquing Clichés. Ed. by Brad Stoddard and Craig Martin. Contracted with Bloomsbury Publishing.
  • Capitalizing Religion: Ideology and the Opiate of the Bourgeoisie. Bloomsbury Academic (2014).
  • Religious Experience: A Reader. Ed. by Craig Martin and Russell McCutcheon, with Leslie Dorrough Smith. Equinox Publishing (2012).
  • A Critical Introduction to the Study of Religion. Equinox Publishing (2012).
  • Collaborative Futures: Critical Reflections on Publicly Active Graduate Education. Ed. by Amanda Gilvin, Georgia M. Roberts, and Craig Martin. The Graduate School Press, Syracuse University (2012).
  • Masking Hegemony: A Genealogy of Liberalism, Religion, and the Private Sphere. Equinox Publishing (2010).

Articles and Book Chapters

  • “‘Yes, … but …”: The Neo-Perennialists.” Method and Theory in the Study of Religion (forthcoming).
  • “Is atheism, or secularism, a religion?” In Religion in 5 Minutes: Scholars Answer Your Questions, ed. By Russell T. McCutcheon. Equinox Publishing (forthcoming).
  • “Why do people fight so much over their religious beliefs?” In Religion in 5 Minutes: Scholars Answer Your Questions, ed. By Russell T. McCutcheon. Equinox Publishing (forthcoming).
  • “The Song Remains the Same, Or, the Myth of Religion’s Uniqueness.” In Christian Tourism: Mythmaking and Identity Formation, ed. By Erin Roberts and Jennifer Eyl. Bloomsbury (forthcoming).
  • “Who Are You? I am/am not a McCutcheonite.” In Working title, ed. By Russell T. McCutcheon. Equinox Publishing (forthcoming).
  • “Who Are You? I’m Wednesday’s Child” In Working title, ed. By Russell T. McCutcheon. Equinox Publishing (forthcoming).
  • Capitalizing Religion: A Rejoinder to Critique.” Religion 46/3 (2016).
  • “Experience.” In The Oxford Handbook of the Study of Religions, ed. by Steven Engler and Michael Stausberg. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2016).
  • “Incapacitating Scholarship: Or, Why Methodological Agnosticism Is Impossible.” In volume on methodological naturalism, edited by Jason Blum (forthcoming).
  • “Introduction.” In The Problem of Nostalgia in the Study of Identity, ed. by Vaia Touna. Equinox Publishing (forthcoming).
  • “Brilliant Obsessive: A Reed Weep Comedy.” In Nothing Could Be Further from the Truth, ed. by Alumno Sinllanto. Equinox Publishing (2016).
  • “Religion as Ideology: Recycled Culture vs. World Religions.” In After World Religions: Reconstructing Religious Studies, ed. by Christopher R. Cotter and David G. Robertson. Routledge Publishing (2016).
  • “Theses on the Critique of ‘Religion.’” Critical Research on Religion 3/3 (2015).
  •  “Conceptual Colonialism.” In Claiming Identity in the Study of Religion, ed. by Monica Miller. Equinox Publishing, (2015).
  • “The Politics of Choice.” In Fabricating Origins, ed. by Russell T. McCutcheon. Equinox Publishing (2015).
  • “What Is Religion?” Political Theology 15/6 (2014).
  • “Jesus’ Empire or the Empire’s Jesus?” Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 26/2 (2014).
  • “William James and Jesus Christ in Late Capitalism: Our Religion of the Status Quo.” Studies in Religion 42/4 (2013).
  • “On ‘Belief’: A Story of Protectionism.” In Theory and Method in the Study of Religion: Twenty-Five Years On. Ed. by Aaron Hughes. Brill (2013).
  • “Ideology and the Study of Religion: Marx, Althusser, and Foucault.” Religion Compass 7/9 (2013).
  • “Neoliberal Mythmaking: On ‘Well-Being’ as the New Protestant Work Ethic.” Religion & Theology 19/3-4 (2012).
  • “On the Totems of Science and Capitalism.” Implicit Religion 15/1 (2012).
  • “William James in Late Capitalism: Our Religion of the Status Quo,” in Religious Studies: A Reader, ed. by Craig Martin and Russell McCutcheon. Equinox Publishing (2012)
  • “Delimiting Religion.” Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 21 (2009).
  • “How to Read an Interpretation: Interpretive Strategies and the Maintenance of Authority.” The Bible and Critical Theory 5/1 (2009).
  • “On the Origin of the Private Sphere: A Discourse Analysis of Religion and Politics from Luther to Locke.” Temenos 45/2 (2009).
  • “Configured for Exclusion: Characterizations of Religion in Liberal Political Philosophy.” Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 19/1-2 (2007).
  • “On Using Religion, Or, How to Make Descriptions Carry Imperatives.” Council of Societies for the Study of Religion Bulletin, 36/4 (2007).
  • “Policing Values and the Private Judgment of the Magistrate.” Council of Societies for the Study of Religion Bulletin, 35/4 (2006).

Presentations

  • “On the Costs of Conceptual Anachronism.” Co-written with Savannah Finver. Greco-Roman Religions Section, Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, co-sponsored with the North American Association for the Study of Religion, November 2016.
  • “Was There Religion in Ancient Rome?: On the Problem of Conceptual Anachronism.” St. Thomas Aquinas College Faculty Research Retreat, May 2016.
  • Panelist, “Competing or Complementary Research Methods?: Between Humanities and the Social Sciences.” St. Thomas Aquinas College Faculty Research Retreat, May 2015.
  • “Spirituality and the Opiate of the Bourgeoisie.” God, Religion, and Politics Conference, Sheffield University, April 2015.
  • “Critical Theory and the Study of Religion.” Practicum Online Seminar on Religion and Critical Theory. February 2015.
  • Respondent, “The Category of Religion in the Technology of Statecraft.” North American Association for the Study of Religion Annual Meeting, November 2014.
  • Respondent, “Conceptual Issues in New Testament Scholarship.” North American Association for the Study of Religion Annual Meeting, November 2014.
  • “‘Religion’ and the Management of Selves.” Modern Government Sovereignty and the Category of Religion Conference, Uppsala University, May 2014.
  • Panelist, “FPP Alumni/ae Roundtable.” Syracuse University Future Professoriate Program Annual Conference, May 2014.
  • “Connecting Research to Teaching.” Syracuse University Future Professoriate Program Annual Conference, May 2014.
  •  “These Go to Eleven.” Response to “Critically Engaged: Graduate Pedagogy in the Introductory Classroom.” North American Association for the Study of Religion Annual Meeting, November 2013.
  • “What Is Religion?” Religious Violence: Myth or Reality Conference, Dartmouth College, May 2012.
  • “Cross-Dressing and Killing the Bible: Student Responses to Introductory Course Projects.” With Allison Montello and Melissa Place. Eastern International Regional American Academy of Religion Meeting, University of Waterloo and Wilfred Laurier University, May 2012.
  • “Neoliberal Mythmaking: On ‘Spirituality’ as the New Protestant Work Ethic.” University of Edmonton, March 2012.
  • “Neoliberal Mythmaking: On ‘Spirituality’ as the New Protestant Work Ethic.” Religious Studies Ideas Series, Department of Religious Studies, University of Regina, January 2012.
  • “Is Well Being Our Invisible Religion?” Third Unisa Symposium of New Testament and Early Christian Studies, University of South Africa, Pretoria. September 2011.
  • “William James’ Folk Theory of Institutional Religion.” Eastern International Regional American Academy of Religion Meeting, Syracuse University, May 2011.
  • “How Can We Be Individuals?” St. Thomas Aquinas College Faculty Research Retreat, May 2011.
  • “On the Rhetoric of Science and Religion in Taner Edis’ Science and Nonbelief.” Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion Meeting, March 2011.
  • “On the Totems of Science and Religion.” Comparative Religion Section, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, November 2010.
  • “Moralistic Therapeutic Deism Makes Malleable Gods.” St. Thomas Aquinas College Faculty Research Retreat, May 2010.
  • Respondent, “Queer Pedagogy and/in Religious Studies.” Queer Theory and LGBT Studies in Religion Consultation and Teaching Religion Section. American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, November 2009.
  • “Desiring Domination.” St. Thomas Aquinas College Faculty Research Retreat, May 2009.
  • “‘That’s Not Real Christianity’: On Identity and Authenticity.” Eastern International Regional American Academy of Religion Meeting, Syracuse University, May 2009.
  • “Strategic Uses of Religion: Taxonomy and Metonymy in Political Discourse.” North American Association for the Study of Religion Annual Meeting, November 2007.
  • “Strategic Uses of Religion: Taxonomy and Metonymy in Political Discourse.” Syracuse University Religion and Society Program: Midday Presentation and Discussion Series, April 2007.
  • “Democracy without Tyranny: Thinking Beyond Liberal Inclusion.” Rethinking Marxism Conference, October 2006.
  • Respondent, “The Role of the Scholar of Religion in the Public Sphere.” Faculty and Graduate Student Retreat, Department of Religion, Syracuse University, May 2006.
  • “Scholars or Activists? Russell McCutcheon and the Historicization of Privacy.” Art/s of Interpretation Group, Additional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, November 2005.
  • “Policing Values and the Private Judgment of the Magistrate.” Lesbian-Feminist Issues and Religion Group and the Religious Freedom, Public Life, and the State Group Joint Session, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, November 2005.
  • “Politics, Religion, and the Coherence of Liberalism.” Eastern International Regional American Academy of Religion Meeting, McGill University, May 2005.
  • “Deconstruction and Economic Violence, or How to Tell One Violence from the Next.” Eastern International Regional American Academy of Religion Meeting, Cornell University, April 2004.
  • “Identity and Difference: Derrida and Levinas.” Eastern International Regional American Academy of Religion Meeting, Mercyhurst College, April 2003.

Professional Appointments

  • Editor, Critiquing Religion: Discourse, Culture, Power book series, Bloomsbury, 2015 to the present
  • Senior Co-Editor, Practicum: Critical Theory, Religion, and Pedagogy Blog, 2016 to the present
  • Executive Secretary/Treasurer, North American Association of the Study of Religion, 2011-2016
  • Editorial Board, Implicit Religion, 2016 to the present
  • Co-Editor, Practicum: Critical Theory, Religion, and Pedagogy Blog, 2014-2016
  • Editorial Board, Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, 2013-2018
  • Co-Editor, Religion in Culture book series, Acumen Publishing, 2012-2015
  • Co-Editor, Advances in the Study of Religion book series, Bloomsbury, 2012-2015
  • Editorial Board, Religion Compass, 2012 to the present
  • Editorial Board, Religion & Theology, 2012 to 2016
  • Editorial Board, Interdisciplinary Studies in Religion, 2012 to the present
  • Editorial Board, Culture on the Edge book series, Equinox Publishing, 2012 to the present
  • Workshop Board, Study of Religion as an Analytic Discipline, 2012-2014
  • Editor, Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 2010-2012
  • Editor, Council of Societies for the Study of Religion Bulletin, 2007-2009
  • Associate Editor, Council of Societies for the Study of Religion Bulletin, 2006-2007
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