I write about religion and spirituality in American culture.
For The New York Times, I’ve reported on a revival of a forgotten 19th-century bible called the Oahspe; basketball star Amar’e Stoudemire’s interest in Judaism; and the self-taught Egyptologist known as Dr. Ben. I’ve also written about the business of magic amulets, Theosophists, the Nation of Islam, and a modern-day vampire guru.
My work on Black Israelite or Hebrew Israelite traditions may be found in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, on the music site Genius — where I wrote about the tradition’s influence on hip hop — and a forthcoming collection from Routledge.
As a staff writer at The Forward, I covered many subjects — including a Sri Lankan guru and his Jewish disciples, a series on the growth of Judaism among the Igbo of Nigeria, and increasing evangelical interest in Hebrew Roots and Messianic Judaism. My profile of a Jewish militia leader from Ohio won the first place Rockower Award for Excellence in Feature Writing.