I am an essayist, critic, and academic. The National Book Critics Circle recently awarded me an Emerging Critics Fellowship. My specialities are American religion, politics, and literature, but I've also written about everything from French TV to contemporary country music. I've published reviews and essays in The PointThe Los Angeles Review of BooksThe Guardian, and The Other Journal.

I'm currently a PhD candidate in the University of Virginia's department of religious studies (my dissertation is on the poet George Herbert and his brother Edward, an early theorist of world religions), and I teach at California Lutheran University.

I live in Los Angeles with my wife, an assistant professor of Slavic Languages and Literature.

You can find my essays and reviews on my publications page.