Writing is a passion for me, and below you can read about the books I've published. Also, check out the "Articles" page for my other published work.
Words Upon the Word: An Ethnography of Evangelical Group Bible Study (New York University Press, 2009) is my first book. This emerged from ethnographic fieldwork I conducted in 2004-2005 with six congregations in urban and suburban Lansing, Michigan. I use linguistic anthropology theory and method to address how religious reading and small group discussion are forms of culture-making among evangelical Protestants. I explore why the weekly Bible study is a crucial site for the American evangelical nexus of self-congregation-culture. You can find a copy on the NYU book page or Amazon.
The Social Life of Scriptures: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Biblicism (Rutgers University Press, 2009) is a volume that I edited. The book features 12 anthropologists and religious studies scholars exploring how Christian communities use the Bible in intimately personal and provocatively public ways. The collection covers a range of geographic, theological, and cultural territory, including: evangelicals and charismatics in the United States, Jamaican Rastafarians, evangelical and Catholic Mayans in Mexico and Guatemala, Northern Irish charismatics, and Nigerian Anglicans. You can find a copy on the Rutgers book page or Amazon.
Emerging Evangelicals: Faith, Modernity, and the Desire for Authenticity (New York University Press, 2011) is my second ethnography. This book draws from fieldwork I conducted between 2007-2010, primarily in the Cincinnati, Ohio region. I ask how evangelical lives and communities have been impacted by the Emerging Church movement. Chapters explore themes of religious language, irony, ritual, theology, church planting, house church networks, and attachments to place. You can find a copy on the NYU book page or Amazon.
In 2015 I published an introductory text for anthropology of religion courses with Routledge Press' The Basics series. The series is committed to publishing highly teachable, concise texts on important topics. I organize the book by core problems that define the anthropological study of religion, rather than by topic, religious tradition, or theoretical paradigm. The six main chapters are: What is 'Religion'?; Doing Religious Ethnography; Bodies, Words, & Things; In Time, In Place; Who Do You Trust?; and Going Global. If you are considering the book for a course in the study of religion, please feel free to contact me for a sample chapter and check out this interview about the book with Routledge.
Ark Encounter: The Making of a Creationist Theme Park (NYU Press) will be released in summer 2018. This project is an anthropological study of how religion and entertainment are entangled, and how the ambitions of fundamentalist public culture are realized. With an eye on the global phenomenon of materializing the Bible, the centerpiece of the project is the cultural production of Ark Encounter, a creationist theme park built on 800 acres of Kentucky rolling hills. For a glimpse into the project, check out the following: an April 2014 research talk presented at the University of Chicago; a June 2014 [52:15] research talk presented in Jerusalem, Israel; and, a September 2015 interview with the Institute for Signifying Scriptures.