As a member of the editorial board of The Immanent Frame (2016-2020), I helped curate a number of conversations around critical issues in the study of religion, secularism, and society.
As Associate Editor of A Universe of Terms (2019-2020), I helped solicit and edit the project’s essays in collaboration with Editor Mona Oraby and Editorial Associate Olivia Whitener. The first iteration of the project featured contributions from more than 50 contributors, who wrote brief responses to fourteen significant terms in the lexicon of religious studies. Each term inspires at least three essays, which contributors have written in a variety of scholarly and creative styles. As Oraby notes in her essay about the project’s rationale, “it begins from the premise that addressing and answering a question effectively requires multiple ways of understanding it in the first place.” The essays show readers how every term allows different scholars to bring different aspects of social life into view, through varied narratives and analyses. But the project also comprises more than the essays alone. Amplifying the project conceptually and pedagogically are archives of songs and previous contributions to the Immanent Frame, which Oraby insightfully conceived and generated. The project’s Content Designer, Emilie Flamme, also has designed engaging and evocative visual iconography that invites readers to recognize what she describes as “the never-ending ways words and ideas connect to worlds around them, to objects, people, sensations, and memories.”
I also helped curate the essay forum “Gospels of Giving.” As I explain in my introductory essay, the contributions to the forum collectively ask “why, when, and where certain understandings of charity and philanthropy have proven persuasive and powerful.”
For The Immanent Frame’s 10-year anniversary essay forum “Is this all there is?,” I wrote about why many of us feel a sense of obligation to explore our family genealogies—and why not all of us are comparably successful in that pursuit.