I am a writer, professor and a Soros Justice Media fellow. I am finishing a book entitled God in Captivity: Becoming a Faith-Based Prison Nation about religious programs in American prisons and the conservative movement for criminal justice reform.
My first book, Straight to Jesus: Sexual and Christian Conversions in the Ex-Gay Movement won the Gustave O. Arlt Book Award in the Humanities and the Ruth Benedict Prize. I am also the author of Fanpire: The Twilight Saga and the Women Who Love It , and co-editor of Zero Tolerance: Quality of Life and the New Police Brutality in New York City.
I have received research support from the Open Society Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, Mellon Foundation, American Association of University Women and the Social Science Research Council. My writing has appeared in Guernica, The Nation, The Boston Globe, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Religion Dispatches, The Revealer Bookforum and academic journals such as American Quarterly and PMLA: Publications of the Modern Language Association. I have been interviewed on National Public Radio’s Fresh Air, MSNBC’s Weekend Edition and other news outlets.
I have a Ph.D. in American Studies from New York University and a B.A. in American Civilization from Brown University. I live in Seattle where I am an Associate Professor of Religion at the University of Puget Sound and the executive director of the Freedom Education Project Puget Sound, a college program for women in prison.