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It was in Fall 2010 that I came to the Department of Religion at Montclair State University. My area of specialization is Indigenous Religions of North America, with particular interest in the encounter between Native religious traditions and Christianity. I also conduct research and publish in the fields of Christian history and theology, especially Catholicism and Pentecostalism.
During the summer months, I conduct fieldwork on the Apsaalooke (Crow) Reservation in Montana, writing oral religious histories and documenting the nature of polyreligious belonging among the Crow tribe. I've published articles in the following journals: Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Spiritus, U.S. Catholic Historian, Latin American Indian Literatures Journal, Missiology, and Horizons. My first book, 'Demons, Saints, and Patriots: Catholic Visions of Native America (1902-1962)' was published by Marquette University Press in 2009. My second book, 'Crow Jesus: First Person Narratives of Native American Religious Belonging' is being published by the University of Oklahoma Press (2016). This second book was made possible through a research grant from the Lilly Endowment-funded Louisville Institute (Kentucky).
At MSU, I regularly teach the following courses: RELG 101-Introduction to Religion; RELG 254-Native American Religions; RELG 275-Interreligious Encounters; RELG 352-Religious Texts of the Native/European Encounter; RELG 355-Jesus & Liberation; RELG 357-Religious Experience.
Indigenous Religions of North America
Native American Christianity
Christian Liberation Theologies
Phenomenology of Religion