Book Chapters


“Naaaaaw You Show Me Your ID,”in Fabricating Identities, ed. Russell T. McCutcheon, UK: Equinox Publishers, 2017), 99-104.
Religion in 5 Minutes
“Do Scholars of Religion Study Texts or Do They Study Religion First Hand, as an Anthropologist Might?” in Religion in 5 Minutes, 259-260, and “Is it Possible to Study Religion Academically and Still be Religious?”  in Religion in 5 Minutes, eds. Russell T. McCutcheon and Aaron W. Hughes (UK: Equinox Publishers, 2017), 261-264.

Journal Articles

“The Spooky Politics of Dark Truth Claims,” Religion & Theology 25 (2018): 1-21, DOI:10.1163/15743012-02503007.
“Locating Value in the Study of Religion,” Method & Theory in the Study of Religion (2017), 1-20. DOI: 10.1163/15700682-12341407


“Signifying on the World Religions Paradigm: My Version of RELIGION 101,” Bulletin for the Study of Religion 44:3 (September 2015), 35-37.

External Blog Posts


Stacie Swain, “What’s in Your Religion Syllabus? Scholars Give Advice on Where to Start,” Religion Bulletin: The Blogging Portal of the Bulletin for the Study of Religion, January 16, 2018.

“Better Know a Religion Blog: Sowing the Seed: Fruitful Conversations in Religion, Culture, and Teaching,” Religion Bulletin: The Blogging Portal of the Bulletin for the Study of Religion, January 26, 2017.

“Revolutionary Love: Scholar’s Respond to the AAR’s 2016: Conference Theme: Richard Newton,” Religion Bulletin: The Blogging Portal of the Bulletin for the Study of Religion, February 22, 2016.


“Explaining a Religious Studies Degree,”Practicum: Critical Theory, Religion, and Pedagogy, October 13, 2017.

“Learning Curve: The Confidence Game,”Practicum: Critical Theory, Religion, and Pedagogy, February 2016.

“Syllabus Project: Signifying Religion: An African American Worldview,” Practicum: Critical Theory, Religion, and Pedagogy, January 2015.


“Words and Things: Happily Ever After Religion,” A Response to Brent Nognbri’s Before Religion: A History of a Modern Concept (Yale University Press: 2015), Studying Religion in Culture, University of Alabama–Tuscaloosa, February 20, 2017.

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“Tidying Up Books and Other Cultural Essentialisms,” Culture on the Edge, January 21, 2019.

“A Man, A Tan, God’s Plan,” Culture on the Edge, March 5, 2018.

“On Kings and Trump Cards,” Culture on the Edge, February 12, 2018.

“I Saw the Sign, or Did I?” Culture on the Edge, January 8, 2018.

“Figuratively the Humanities,” Culture on the Edge, September 26, 2017.