teaching

As with my writing, my commitment to diversity, equity, and excellence in the classroom grows directly from my two decades of linking scholarship in religious studies with grassroots movements to end state violence and advance community healing. I honed my student-centered, practice-oriented pedagogy as the Co-Founder and Co-Instructor of TEACH Outside, a 400-student independent educational venture to address the barriers to information, support, and activism in communities most impacted by HIV and mass incarceration. Bringing the theories, methods, and pedagogies crafted by my movement-students into my academic classrooms transforms our space of learning. In each course I have taught at Columbia University, New York University, and Dartmouth College, my students read the writings of movement thinkers alongside texts produced through academic modes of inquiry.

My teaching portfolio includes courses in American Religions; Critical Prison Studies; Moral Panics; the Black Radical Tradition; Reconstruction; Social Movements; Theory and Methods; Collaborative Research Design; and Ethnographic Analysis. Below are a few examples of how I worked with students in my Religion on the Move course to critically engage and theorize the co-constitution of race, religion, and mobility throughout United States history by juxtaposing familiar migration stories and contemporary events.

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