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 award.
In 2020, a series of my religion profiles was awarded a first place prize by the Society for Features Journalism. Those judges wrote, “Deeply reported and well-written profiles of fascinating religious figures. As a collection, they reveal as much about American spirituality as the individuals.”
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 the recipient of a Chancellor’s Fellowship at UC Santa Barbara.