I write about religion and spirituality in American culture.
For the New York Times, I’ve written about basketball star-turned-holy man Amar’e Stoudemire; a revival of a forgotten 19th-century bible called the Oahspe; and the self-taught Egyptologist known as Dr. Ben, among other topics.
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 coverage of Hebrew Israelite traditions. My profile of a Jewish militia leader from Ohio won the first place Rockower Award for Excellence in Feature Writing. A full list of my Forward bylines can be found here.
My work on contemporary Black Israelite or Hebrew Israelite traditions has been published in the Atlantic, the Washington Post, on the music site Genius — where I wrote about the community’s influence on rap stars Kendrick Lamar and Kodak Black — and will be included in a forthcoming anthology of scholarship from Routledge.