Current Research

Much of my recent work engages the emergent field of remix studies with a particular focus on forms of remix that are critical and subversive, but also the metaphorical extension of the concept outside audio-visual applications into cultural at large. This has informed work I've been doing on new religious movements like The Missionary Church of Kopimism that embrace remix as a sacred act, and trends in certain religious traditions that aim to get back to an "original" form. This is also the focus of my dissertation: in brief, I'm developing a conceptual metaphorical model of remix for studying religious traditions, their developments, and practices. The project is currently titled, "Righteous Remixes, Sacred Mashups: Rethinking Authority, Authenticity, and Originality in the Study of Religion."

I write on topics and ideas related to my dissertation project in a column at Nomos Journal (an online magazine I also edit): Remixing Religion. The column largely serves as a companion to the dissertation, testing out developing ideas and concepts I'm working through in the larger project, highlighting topics or examples that might not be making their way into it, and addressing current cultural trends and happenings that are particularly timely and worth noting sooner rather than later.