I am a PhD candidate in Sociology at Yale University. As a cultural sociologist and scholar of race, religion, and politics, my research interests are informed by interdisciplinary and transnational approaches to these topics—including influences from sociology, religious studies, anthropology, political science, history, and ethnic and racial studies.
My dissertation, Black Visions of the Holy Land: African American Christian Solidarities in Israel and Palestine, is a comparative analysis of transnational solidarities linking African American Christians with Israel and Palestine. It compares the cultural, identity-driven politics of African American Christian Zionists and Palestinian solidarity activists in their efforts to frame black church identity in global terms. Based on six years of fieldwork in the United States, Israel, and Palestine, I examine motivations for involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict across contrasting black church traditions of political engagement.
Broadly, my research and teaching focus on: race, religion, politics, transnational social movements, social theory, cultural sociology, qualitative research methods, American evangelicalism, and religious pluralism.
I am originally from Ontario, Canada where I earned a BA in Religious Studies (Philosophy Minor) from the University of Waterloo. My undergraduate research focused on Canadian debates over so-called Islamic shari’a courts in the province of Ontario and the changing public role of religion with respect to Canada’s multiculturalism policies. I continued studying religion at Harvard Divinity School, where I earned an MTS degree in Religion, Ethics & Politics. As a master's student, I focused on religion and politics within American evangelicalism, Muslim communities in the United States, and Arabic and Islamic Studies. At Harvard, I also worked as a Research Associate for The Pluralism Project, where I co-authored a case study on Muslims in Boston and the political and interfaith issues surrounding the building of a new mosque and cultural center in Roxbury, MA.
I am a Graduate Policy Fellow at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University. I am also a Junior Fellow at the Center for Comparative Research, The MacMillan Center Initiative on Religion, Politics, & Society, and the Urban Ethnography Project. My research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, the Louisville Institute, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.