I am currently Chair and Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Franklin & Marshall College. My research interests broadly encompass American religions, technology, and aesthetics. My work has appeared in American Literature, Social Text, Method & Theory in the Study of Religion, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Church History, Syndicate Theology, and Religion. I am the author of The Bop Apocalypse: The Religious Visions of Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Burroughs (University of Illinois Press 2001) and Secularism in Antebellum America (University of Chicago Press, 2011). My research has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council. I was an editor-at-large for The Immanent Frame and curator (with Kathryn Lofton) of Frequencies: A Collaborative Genealogy of Spirituality. [www.frequencies.ssrc.org]. I now co-edit a book series from the University of Chicago Press, Class 200: New Studies in Religion. I am currently at work on two projects. The first is called The Religion Machine, or; a particular history of cognitivism. The other chronicles the 200 year history of rubber and religious mission that undergirded the Akron punk scene in the 1970s. Working title is Akron Devo Divine. I am also an amazing dad and a moderately talented guitar player.