I am a doctoral candidate at Brown University in the Department of Religious Studies. As a participant in the “Religion, Culture, and Comparison” program, I specialize in method and theory in the study of religion, especially anthropological and sociological approaches to religion.
Broadly speaking, I study the ways that religion figures into the ordinary and extraordinary aspects of everyday social life. I am especially interested in religion amid contexts of change, disorder, and/or conflict. My dissertation examines religious responses to disaster through a case study of Boston's preparations for a cholera epidemic in 1832. The project looks at how people drew on religion to interpret the epidemic, evaluate the threat it posed, and determine the appropriate courses of action. I will defend my dissertation this spring and graduate in May of 2013.
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