Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley.
M.T.S., Harvard University The Divinity School.
B.A., Stanford University.
My work begins with Michael Omi and
Howard Winant's position that concepts of race "structure state and civil
society" and "shape both identities and institutions in significant ways"
(Racial Formation in the United States, vii). Approaching religion in North
America through the lens of race and ethnicity allows us to uncover hidden and
subjugated histories and actors in American religion. This close attention to
racial and ethnic interactions in North America also lets us examine how the
study of religion has itself been structured and shaped by assumptions about
race/ethnicity and helps explain the theoretical absence of race as a variable
for critical analysis of religion. To study religion in this way requires
interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity (working across disciplines) and when
necessary, counterdisciplinarity (working against established disciplinary
regimes). More specifically, my teaching, research and writing focus on
Chican@/Latin@ religion; Asian and Pacific American religious traditions;
issues around indigeneity; the transformation of world religious traditions in
the United States; religion in the American west and Pacific Rim; evangelical
Christianity; and religion in science fiction as a genre for "making strange"
issues of alterity and posing questions about the relationship between religion