I'm a staff writer and critic at Vox.com, where I cover film and culture, and an associate professor of English and humanities at The King's College in New York City, where I teach courses on criticism and cultural theory. I often write at the intersection of popular culture, religion, and intellectual history.
Until September 2016, I was the critic at large at Christianity Today. Since 2005, I've regularly contributed essays, features, and criticism on film, TV, books, art, theatre, and more to a number of publications, including Rolling Stone, Vulture, RogerEbert.com, Pacific Standard, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Books & Culture, and others. I've been a guest commentator on a host of radio and TV programs and podcasts, including BBC America's Talking Movies, NPR's On Point, AMC's James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction, WNYC's The Takeaway, ABC's Religion & Ethics and The Drum, Mars Hill Audio Journal, and many more.
My book How to Survive the Apocalypse: Zombies, Cylons, and Politics at the End of the World, co-written with Robert Joustra, was published by Eerdmans in May 2016. Reviewers and readers seem to like it. I'm currently at work on two more books: one on watching documentary films, and one on evangelical popular culture.
I was one of three inaugural Art of Nonfiction Writing Fellows with the Sundance Institute in 2016-17, and in October 2017 I was the visiting fellow with Anglican Deaconess Ministries in Sydney, Australia. I regularly speak at conferences and events around the world about culture, criticism, religion, and film (and would love to talk about speaking at yours).
I earned an M.F.A in creative nonfiction from Seattle Pacific University, a M.A. in humanities and social thought from New York University, and a B.S. in information technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In past lives I was a Wall Street business analyst, a tech writer at NYU, founding editor of The Curator, a co-editor of Comment, and a programming manager at an arts nonprofit. It's been a wild ride.