I write about the ethical and spiritual challenge of living a good life in America today. My expertise, built up through two decades of research and teaching, covers the meaning and value of work, religion and public life, and higher education.
I am currently writing a book on occupational burnout and how we might build compassionate institutions to overcome this challenge to human flourishing. The book will be published by University of California Press.
My essays in The New Republic, New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, America, Commonweal, Religion Dispatches, Chronicle of Higher Education, and elsewhere can be found here. My essays have received special mention in the Pushcart Prize anthology and been listed as notable in Best American Essays.
I have a Ph.D. in religious studies from the University of Virginia. I am a former tenured theology professor and director of a college teaching center. I now teach first-year writing at Southern Methodist University, and I teach for Writing Workshops.
I live in Dallas, Texas.
You can follow me on Twitter or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.