- Religion, Science, and Technology
- Asian Religions
- Critical Theory
My focus on religion and technology emerged from a background in ecological anthropology and Asian languages and literature. I consider questions such as: How are bodies, conceptualizations of bodies, and the use of bodies being transformed by technology? What are the social factors and consequences of increasing integration of technology into bodies? What cultural resources are being harnessed for thinking about the relationship between humans and their technologies? I draw on a wealth of ever expanding resources, everything from comic books to robotics laboratories, hacker conventions and web forums, doomsday prophets, and transhumanist political parties.
Some of my activities as a graduate student include:
- Providing research, design, and technical support for the Being Human in the Age of Humans project
- Speaking about microchips and implantable technology on WFIU-NPR Noon Edition
- Serving as Vice-President of GQ, a campus-wide organization dedicated to supporting LGBT graduate students
- Studying Cybernetics, Biohackers, and Transhumanism with a $5000 fellowship generously provided by the Luce Foundation funded Politics of Religion at Home and Abroad project.
- Writing for the Forum of the Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society, where you can find my article "At Least Do No Harm" about the recent RFRA firestorm in Indiana.
- Creating online modules for the Politics of Religious Freedom project. These modules serve as teaching resources on the intersection of law and religion.
- In 2017 I received the Devonia and Steven Stein Fellowship in the Study of Religion
In 2017 I gave a paper, "The Harmony of Metal and Flesh: Ecotheology and Cybernetics," to the Midwest Region conference of the American Academy of Religion. Also in 2017 I gave a paper, "Artificial Beings, Natural Feelings: Rudolph Otto's Phenomenology of Religion and Robots," at the religious studies conference hosted by Indiana University Bloomington.
In 2015 I founded and lead the Graduate Religious Studies Association of the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University. In October of 2014 I gave a paper at the Annual Conference on South Asia hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison entitled, "Public Performances of Dissatisfaction: Looking Beyond Nation-States in Maharishi Vedic City." My trip to Madison was supported by a generous grant from the Dhar India Studies Program. I also served as department representative to the Graduate and Professional Student Government for the 2014-2015 school year.