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I'm a staff writer and critic at, 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, as well as nonfiction film.

Before I joined Vox in 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,, Pacific Standard, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Books & Culture, and others. I've been a guest commentator on many radio and TV programs and podcasts, including BBC America's Talking Movies, NPR's On Point and 1A, AMC's James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction, WNYC's The Takeaway, ABC's Religion & Ethics and The Drum, Vox’s Today, Explained, Mars Hill Audio Journal, and many more. 

I was one of three inaugural Art of Nonfiction Writing Fellows with the Sundance Institute in 2017, and I’ve been invited as a juror at festivals including DOC NYC, Sheffield Doc/Fest, and the Hamptons International Film Festival.

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. 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.

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. My husband and I live in Brooklyn.