Professor Emeritus, University of Oregon

As an emeritus professor, I am professionally active at UO and also as the Scholar in Residence at the Portland Center for Public Humanities at PSU. Throughout my career, I have been interested in personal and social transformation, collective behavior, gender, and new religious movements (cults).

My forthcoming book, The Spiritual Virtuoso: Personal Faith and Social Transformation, will be part of the conversation that marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. My co-author Steven Pfaff and I explore spiritual virtuosity and the consequential religious movements that made lasting impact on individuals from Antislavery activists to Steve Jobs.

Experience

  • –present
    Professor Emeritus, University of Oregon