Work

I write about American religions.

For The New York Times, I’ve written about New Age superstar Marianne Williamson and A Course In Miracles; an End Times evangelist who says the Bible foretold Donald Trump; the revival of a forgotten 19th-century scripture called the Oahspe; poet-turned-psychic Jane Roberts’s Seth channeling; and NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire’s turn towards Judaism. I’ve also written about the New York subway psychic known as Keano, magic amulets, Jewish Sufis, Theosophists, the Nation of Islam and a modern-day vampire guru.

Find some of that writing here.

My reporting has won awards, including a Rockower Award for Excellence in Feature Writing and a Silurians Press Club merit award.

I’m a contributing editor and former staff writer at The Forward. I’ve also written at length about Black Israelites or Hebrew Israelites. This work has recently been anthologized in a series from Routledge.

And I speak about my work: As a repeat guest on the Classical Ideas Podcast and National Public Radio and at the Religion Seminar at Columbia University and the Religion News Association.

I’m currently on a religious studies Chancellor’s Fellowship at UC Santa Barbara.