• Profile
  • As a social ethicist, my scholarship is rooted in queer and feminist traditions that struggle for the liberation of all people, in solidarity with the whole ecosphere, from injustice in its multivalent forms. My current research projects include articulating reproductive justice in terms of social reproduction; developing the concept of an "eco-queer" economic ethics; and describing approaches to teaching critically about sexual violence, toxic masculinity, and capitalist domination.

  • As a social justice educator and workshop facilitator, I create learning communities in which each member actively participates in creating new understandings of the issues that shape our world. My courses range from intro to gender studies and "Sex, Self, and Society" to "What Is Christianity?" and "Jesus, Christ, and Culture" to "How Class Works" and "Gay Love Stories."

  • As an activist, my organizing has primarily manifested itself in the movements for worker justice and LGBT/queer justice. I was a lead organizer in creating one of the largest religious bodies in the world that solemnizes same-gender relationships and authorizes LGBT ministers. I am committed to co-forging a new “politics against disposability” through which various marginalized communities can recognize shared interests to build solidarity and power.

  • Education
  • December 2012

    PhD: Religion

    Emory University (Atlanta)

  • May 2006

    MDiv: Hebrew Bible and Christian Worship

    Union Theological Seminary NYC

  • June 2003

    AB with Honors: Fundamentals (Great Books program)

    The University of Chicago

  • Recent Scholarship
  • “From Sympathy to Detoxification: Pedagogical Approaches to Dismantling Rape Culture”

    Chapter in #MeToo and Literary Studies: Reading, Teaching, and Writing about Sexual Violence and Rape Culture, edited by Mary Holland & Heather Hewett (Bloomsbury, 2021)
  • “Reproductive Justice Re-Constructs Christian Ethics of Work”

    Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 40.1 (Spring/Summer 2020): 109-126
  • “To Confess the Fundamental Marian Dogma: Postulating the Doctrine of Mary’s Reproductive Justice”

    Chapter in Rape Culture and Religious Studies: Critical and Pedagogical Engagements, edited by Rhiannon Graybill, Meredith Minister, and Beatrice Lawrence (Lexington Books, 2019)
  • Employment
  • 2022-Present

    Stetson University (in Central Florida)

    Hal S. Marchman Chair of Civic and Social Responsibility and Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Gender Studies

  • 2011-2022

    Austin College (on the Texas-Oklahoma border)

    Director of Gender Studies & Associate Professor of Religious Studies

  • Previous Employment

    2007-2011: Digital Pedagogy Consultant, Emory Center for Interactive Teaching (now the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship) • 2004: Seminary Intern, Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ • 2003-2006: Pastoral Associate, Trinity Lutheran Church of Manhattan • 2000-2003: Family Support Assistant, Children's Memorial Hospital (now Lurie Children's Hospital) • 1997-1999: Drive-Through Cashier, Burger King

  • Speaking/Workshop Topics
  • What Is Class and How Does It Work?

  • Teaching to Address the Cause of Rape Culture: Toxic Masculinity

  • Multi-Racial Worker Organizing: Effective Disruption of White Supremacy

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