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About Me

I have taught religious studies and history courses at UCLA, Cal State Fullerton, and Fuller Seminary, and am affiliated with the Faculty for the Comparative Study of Religion and Humanism (FVG) in Antwerp, Belgium. I am currently a postdoctoral research fellow at San Diego State University.


  • MLIS (Master of Library and Information Science), School of Information, San José State University, 2019

  • Ph.D. Religion, History of Christianity and Religions of North America concentration, Claremont Graduate University, 2015

  • M.A. Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, 2009

  • B.A. Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley, 2006

  • A.A. Liberal Arts, Mt. San Jacinto College, 2003

Research / Teaching

  • History of Religion, New Religious Movements, Science and Religion, History of Christianity, American Religious History, American Diversity and Pluralism, Coptic Studies, Middle Eastern Christianity, Diaspora Studies, Sociology of Religion, Atheism and Secularity (Rise of the “Nones”), Information Literacy, Digital Humanities

Religious Studies Writing

  • My religious studies scholarship has been published in Nova Religio, Numen, Journal of Contemporary Religion, Studies in ReligionActa ComparandaAlternative Spirituality and Religion Review, Journal of Coptic Studies, and Religious Educator. Some of my journal articles and book chapters are available and/or indexed at Google Scholar and Research Gate.

  • My first book, Among the Scientologists: History, Theology, and Praxis, was recently published by Oxford University Press as part of the Oxford Studies in Western Esotericism series. It can be ordered from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, iBooks (Apple Books), IndieBound, Audible, and OUP.

Updated August 2019