Selected Journal Articles and Book Chapters


  1.  Forthcoming: “Religion and Home: Sites of Sanctuary and Suspicion” A Cultural History of the Home in the Modern Age, 1920-2000, Edited by Despina Stratigakos, Bloomsbury (9616 words).
  2. Forthcoming “Narrating Religion in Museums” Narrating Religion, ed. Sarah Iles Johnston, MacMillan Interdisciplinary Handbook, 9183 words.
  3. Forthcoming “Medicine” The Oxford Handbook for the Study of Religion, ed. Steven Engler and Michael Stausberg, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 416-429.
  4. “God Keep our Land: The Legal Ritual of the McKenna-McBride Commission, 1913-1916” Religion and the Exercise of Public Authority, edited by Benjamin Berger and Richard Moon, London: Hart Publishing, 2016, pp. 79-93.
  5. Suppressing the Mad Elephant: Missionaries, Lamas, and the Mediation of Sacred Historiographies in the Tibetan Borderlands,” Co-authored with Matthew King, History and Anthropology, 26(3, 2015): 1-24.
  6. Fantasies of Sovereignty: Civic Secularism in CanadaCritical Research on Religion 3(1, 2015):41-56.
  7. Mentality, Fundamentality, and the Colonial Secular; or How Real is Real Estate?Transformations of Religion and the Public Sphere: Postsecular Publics, ed. Rosi Braidotti, Bolette Blaagaard, and Eva Midden. Palgrave MacMillan, 2014, pp. 175-194.
  8. “Making Religion Mental: A Response to Birgit Meyer’s ‘Mediation and the Genesis of Presence’” Religion and Society, Volume 5, 2014, 231-237.
  9. “The Politics of Protestant Healing: Theoretical Tools for the Study of Spiritual Bodies and the Body Politic” Spiritus 14(1, Spring, 2014): 67-75.
  10. “Christianity as a Polemical Concept” for The Companion to the Anthropology of Religion, eds. Michael Lambek and Janice Boddy, Wiley-Blackwell, 2013, pp. 344-362.
  11. “Material Witnesses: Women and the Mediation of Christianity,” Co-authored with Kathryn Lofton, in  Media, Religion, and Gender, ed. Mia Lövheim, New York: Routledge, 2013, pp. 52-65.
  12. “Religion and Myths of Nationhood in Canada and Mexico in the Twenty-first Century.” Concluding Essay in The Cambridge History of Religions in America: Volume III: 1945 to the Present, ed. Stephen J. Stein, Cambridge University Press, 2012, pp. 719-745.
  13. Saint as Cipher: Paul, Badiou, and the Politics of Ritual Repudiation”, co-authored with John W. Marshall. History of Religion 51(4, May 2012), 344-363.
  14. “Ritual, Tradition, and the Force of Design” in Ritualdesign, eds. Janina Karolewski, Christof Zotter, und Nadja Miczek.  Bielefeld: Transcript, 2012.
  15. “Practice” in Keywords in the Study of Media and Religion, ed. David Morgan, New York: Routledge, 2008, pp. 136-147.
  16. “Ritual” in  The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Emotion, Ed. John Corrigan, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008, pp. 143-161.
  17. Radio Mind: Protestant Experimentalists on the Frontiers of Healing.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 75(3, September, 2007): 651-683.
  18. Textual Healing: Mainstream Protestants and the Therapeutic Text, 1900-1925Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture, 75(4, December, 2006): 809-848.
  19. Ritual Appropriation and Appropriate Ritual: Christian Healing and Adaptations of Asian ReligionsHistory and Anthropology, 16(3, 2005): 377-391.
  20. The Robes of Womanhood: Dress and Authenticity among African American Methodist Women in the Nineteenth Century,” Journal of Religion and American Culture, 14(1, 2004): 39-82.
  21. “Mothers between God and Mammon: Feminist Interpretations of Childbirth” in Consuming Motherhood, ed. Janelle Taylor, Danielle Wozniak, and Lynda Lange, Rutgers University Press, 2004, pp. 249-270.
  22. “Procreating Women and Religion: The Politics of Spirituality, Healing, and Childbirth in North America,” Religion and Healing in America, ed. Susan Sered and Linda Barnes, Oxford University Press, 2004, pp. 71-88.
  23. “The Scandal of Pain in Childbirth” in Suffering Religion, ed. Robert Gibbs and Eliot Wolfson, New York: Routledge, 2002, pp. 73-100.
  24. Sacred Maternities and Post-Biomedical Bodies: Religion and Nature in Contemporary Home BirthSigns: A Journal of Women in Culture and Society 26(3, 2001):775-810.
  25. Practicing Conflict: Weddings as Sites of Contest and Compromise,” Mennonite Quarterly Review. 72(2, 1998): 225-241.