As an undergraduate when people asked “What’s your major?” and I replied “Religious Studies” the inevitable follow-up question was “What are you going to do with that? Teach?”
I have always wanted to be a teacher. Facilitating the accumulation of knowledge and fostering the ability to think deeply and critically about the world is an honor greater than any other. I believe that my country and the world is enriched through citizens who can make well reasoned decisions and uphold their positions through consideration of evidence. Teaching is the best way that I can contribute to my society and literally change the world for the better.
I call myself an eclectic academic because my interests are varied and wide-ranging. My primary research interests have been in religion and violence, and sexualities studies (disturbing when these intersect), but I am also fascinated by paranormal research, education and pedagogy, religion in popular culture, travel, and sex work. Working at a two year college allows me a great degree of freedom to pursue a variety of interests without having the constant pressure to publish or perish.