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Biography

I joined King’s in the autumn of 2021 as Lecturer in Social Anthropology. I received a BA from Trinity College and a MDiv from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. After completing my degree at Union, I went on to earn my PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). Prior to joining King’s, I served as Teaching Fellow at UNC and as Adjunct Instructor at Elon University.

Research interests and PhD supervision

  • Black Atlantic religions
  • Queer and trans theory
  • Caribbean theory and philosophy
  • Critical ethnography

In my published research, I attempt to trace how people make, negotiate, and ultimately attempt to escape subjectivity. This research led to new questions regarding the confluence of politics and religious practices, namely in the Caribbean. Drawing from the Vodou ceremony at Bois Caïman, which initiated the Haitian Revolution, my current research projects map out how other Caribbean communities draw upon religion as a resource for revolutionary politics.

Selected publications

“Playful Masculinity: Costuming, Gender, and Religion in Loíza, Puerto Rico.” In Religion in the Americas: Transcultural and Trans-hemispheric Approaches, edited by Chris Tirres and Jessica Delgado. (Forthcoming)

“Trans* Atlantic Religion: Gender Ideology and Spirit Possession in Cuban Santería.” TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly 6, no. 3 (August 2019): 386– 399. https://dx.doi.org/10.1215/23289252-7549484

“The Long Arc of Islamophobia: African Slavery, Islam, and the Caribbean World.” Journal of Africana Religion 7, no. 1 (February 2019): 179–186. http://dx.doi.org/10.5325/jafrireli.7.1.0179

“Sacramental Sex/uality.” In Contemporary Theological Approaches to Sexuality, edited by Lisa Isherwood and Dirk von der Horst, 313–323. New York: Routledge, 2018.

“From Argentina to Scotland to Mexico: Indecent Theology and Erotic Phenomenology at the Mexico-US Border.” Feminist Theology 26, no. 3 (May 2018): 213–228. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0966735018756248

Teaching

Currently, I teach modules in anthropology of religion and religion and ethnography. At UNC and Elon University, I taught modules on Black Atlantic religions, gender theory and the study of religion, and race and religion.