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I am a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) holder in American religious history from Florida State University. At the university, I serve as an instructional design faculty member, with a focus on accessibility and Universal Design for Learning (UDL), where I support other faculty members in course design and educational technology. In addition to my role at Florida State, I teach religious studies courses online at Utah State University. I earned my Master of Arts (M.A.) in religious studies from the University of Amsterdam, where my studies focused on Western Esotericism and Buddhism's adoption in the West.

My research interests involve exploring the intersectionality and negotiation of religious traditions in America and other Western nations. I delve into topics such as Eastern traditions like Buddhism and Hinduism, esoteric traditions, and science. I study these subjects through the lens of embodiment in time and space, utilizing a range of methodologies like computational and spatial analysis.

My published works include research on emotions and the body within Theosophy, the relationship between religion and geography, New Religious Movements, Eastern religions in the West, technology's impact on self-augmentation, and the construction and care of bodies in religious traditions.

My current project involves co-writing a biography on Allan Bennett, Bhikkhu Ananda Metteyya, an Englishman who converted to Theravada Buddhism and led a mission from Burma to London in 1908. I am collaborating with Dr. Elizabeth Harris from the University of Birmingham on this project. We are also editing a collected writing of Ananda Metteyya. Both volumes are scheduled to be published by Equinox Publishing in the latter half of 2024.

You can find more information about my research throughout this website, and I encourage you to take a closer look.