I recently defended my dissertation in the Department of Religious Studies at McMaster University, where I currently work as a sessional instructor (Spring 2021). As of Fall 2021 I will be a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto, and I will also teach a course on conspiracism and religion in the University of Waterloo’s Arts First program.
Although I find myself in several overlapping areas of study, the scholarly work that I do is divided into four projects:
- My dissertation on ontologies of violence in the works of Jacques Derrida, Mennonite pacifists, and feminist philosopher of religion Grace M. Jantzen (currently being reworked and revised).
- A book on political theology and the politics of time called Postsecular History (forthcoming in late 2021 with Palgrave Macmillan).
- A broader project that reconceptualizes Mennonite Studies in interdisciplinary terms (most recently featured in my guest-edited special issue of the journal Political Theology).
- A postdoctoral book project called Critique of Conspiracism that brings my critical work on violence and history to bear on conspiratorial thinking.
My research and teaching are broadly situated in the discipline of Religious Studies, within which I take an interdisciplinary and pluralistic approach to Political Theology and the Philosophy of Religion. My work focuses on the problem of violence, religious and political uses of time and history, the normative foundations of social critique, select topics in Mennonite Studies, and the problem of conspiratorial thinking.
I have taught courses in the Department of Religious Studies at McMaster University on the discipline of religious studies (Spring 2019 and 2021, syllabus), and on the complex intersections between religion and violence (Fall 2018, syllabus). My main pedagogical approach in the classroom is to combine the dispositions of suspicion and sympathy. In an effort to prepare my students for further work and study I show the benefits of a negative and critical disposition toward scholarly texts and cultural phenomena, and a positive and charitable approach that begins by assuming the best of the source under consideration.
Some of my work remains on academia.edu and my CV below provides a comprehensive picture of my trajectory.