I received my doctorate in Religion and Society from Harvard Divinity School in May 2015. My work is situated at the intersection of anthropology, memory studies, and the study of religion.
My dissertation research focused on the role of religious memories, experiences, and narratives at sites of 9/11 remembrance in Lower Manhattan. I employed ethnographic research methods as a means of understanding how "the religious" was discussed at (and also censored out of) public sites of remembrance. Through my analysis, I aimed to explore: a) how museums and memorials shaped citizens' understandings of the role of religion in historic events and current affairs, and b) the significance of the sharing of traumatic and religious memories for individuals affected by 9/11. I have been collecting interview and observational data in New York City since early 2010. During the summers of 2011 and 2013, I conducted extensive fieldwork at the 9/11 Tribute Center, a small memorial museum that offers walking tours led by persons directly affected by September 11th.