My research interests vary broadly depending on who asks and when. I have recently publish a book with my colleague, Greg Erickson on religion and American popular culture, which interrogates eruptions of religious tropes in diverse cultural productions from advertising to video games. I am most interested in the ways in which language, broadly defined, influences and sometimes shapes perception, and ultimately reality. My next project will examine the development of science in the early modern and entlightment period as related to what I see as a shifting function of language.
SELECTED RECENT PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
"Can you Represent? Addressing African-American Rhetorics in the Composition Classroom." in The Elephant in the Classroom edited by Jane Bowman-Smith. Creeskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2010.
Language and the Decline of Magic: Epistemological Shift is English Literature from Medieval to Modern. Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2006.
Religion and Popular Culture: Rescripting the Sacred. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishers, 2008.