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About me

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 PostAmerica, CommonwealReligion DispatchesChronicle 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.

My teaching and research on work have been funded by major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Louisville Institute.

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.

My first book, Secret Faith in the Public Square: An Argument for the Concealment of Christian Identity, won the gold medal for the religion category in Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards 2009.

I live in Dallas, Texas.

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