Professor of Religious Studies, College of the Holy Cross

I am a father, husband, and Roman Catholic scholar teaching at a Jesuit college in Massachusetts, USA. My teaching and research cover Comparative Religions, global Catholicism, Catholic theology and spirituality, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Jehovah's Witnesses. I am the founding editor of the Journal of Global Catholicism, author of Mercy Matters: Opening Yourself to the Life Changing Gift (OSV, 2016), and co-editor of Engaging South Asian Religions: Boundaries, Appropriations, and Resistances (SUNY, 2012). I am on the editorial boards of Christian Higher Education; Asian Horizons; Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. I have published opinion pieces in the Washington Post, Newsweek, Salon, Fortune, Commonweal Magazine, The National Catholic Reporter, and US News and World Report. I have also provided expert commentary to USA Today, The New York Times, ABC's Good Morning America, NPR, CNBC, BBC, Agence France-Presse, Hardball with Chris Matthews, and FoxNewsRadio. I lived for four years in India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, speak Hindi/Urdu fluently along with some Bengali, Bhojpuri, and Sinhala. With my family, I also care for a large standard poodle, a pot-belly pig, a gecko, and two chickens.

Experience

  • 2019–present
    Professor, College of the Holy Cross

Education

  • 1998 
    University of Chicago, Ph.D.
  • 1992 
    University of Chicago, MA
  • 1987 
    Amherst College, B.A.

Publications

  • 2016
    Mercy Matters: Opening Yourself to the Life Changing Gift, OSV Press
  • 2012
    Engaging South Asian Religions: Boundaries, Appropriations, and Resistances, SUNY Press

Grants and Contracts

  • 1995
    AIIS Fellowship
    Role:
    Researcher
    Funding Source:
    American Institute of Indian Studies
  • 1994
    Fulbright Fellowship
    Role:
    Researcher
    Funding Source:
    Fulbright Commission
  • 1989
    Century Fellowship
    Role:
    Graduate Student
    Funding Source:
    University of Chicago
  • 1987
    Thomas J. Watson Fellowship
    Role:
    Researcher
    Funding Source:
    Thomas J. Watson Foundation

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Religion
  • American Anthropological Association

Honours

Fulbright Fellowship, Century Fellowship, AIIS Dissertation Fellowship, Thomas J. Watson Fellowship

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