I am an essayist, critic, academic, and recipient of the The National Book Critics Circle's Emerging Critics Fellowship (2017-18). My specialities are American religion, politics, and literature, but I've also written about everything from French TV to contemporary country music in California. I've published reviews and essays in The Point, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Pacific Standard, Newsday, and The Hedgehog Review.
In the spring of 2018 I completed my PhD in the University of Virginia's department of religious studies (my dissertation was on the poet George Herbert and his brother Edward, an early theorist of world religions). I currently teach at the University of Southern California.
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.