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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’m an adjunct lecturer at Southern Methodist University, and I teach for the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture.

I am available for speaking or consulting engagements that draw from my research and experience in faculty development and general education.

I taught theology at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, PA, for 11 years. I directed the college’s Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, where I led numerous faculty development programs and turned a moribund center into an agent for improving the college’s teaching culture.

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 Reviews Book of the Year Awards in 2009.

I live in Dallas, Texas.

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