As an educator, I use and teach ethnographic, historical, and narrative methods to analyze the complexities of religion, racialization, and reparation. Through a focus on close reading in both lectures and seminars, I work with students to clarify their intellectual and ethical voices, and to speak with precision about power, historicity, geography, and racial formation––and the intersections amongst these concepts. My portfolio includes courses in American Religions; Anthropology of Race; Carcerality in the Americas; the Politics of the Urban Poor; Migration, Cities, and States; Social Justice in the City; Gender, Race, and Punishment; Critical Approaches to Human Rights; and Ethnographic Theory and Methods.
To date, I have designed and taught undergraduate courses at New York University and Columbia University, including Religion, Gender, and Punishment in the USA and Religion on the Move. Below are a few examples of how I work with students 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.