Associate Professor of Religion, College of the Holy Cross

I am a father, husband, and Roman Catholic scholar teaching at a Jesuit institution in Massachusetts where I also serve as Faculty Ombudsperson. I received my B. A. from Amherst College and Ph.D. in the History of Religions from the University of Chicago. I also resided in India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka for a total of four years as a student and researcher. My publications engage global Catholicism (particularly in South Asia), Catholic theology and spirituality, Mormonism, and The Watchtower movement. I am the founding editor of the Journal of Global Catholicism, co-editor of Engaging South Asian Religions: Boundaries, Appropriations, and Resistances (SUNY, 2012, with Peter Gottschalk) and author of Mercy Matters: Opening Yourself to the Life Changing Gift (OSV, 2016). I have been a panelist for On Faith and the Boston Globe website Crux and also write for the Huffington Post. I have published opinion pieces in the Washington Post, Fortune, Commonweal Magazine, and The National Catholic Reporter, and have provided expert commentary to USA Today, The New York Times, ABC's Good Morning America, NPR, CNBC, Hardball with Chris Matthews, and U.S. News & World Report, among others.

Experience

  • –present
    Associate Professor of Religion, 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

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Religion
  • American Anthropological Association

Honours

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