The End of the World As We Know It: Faith, Fatalism, and Apocalypse in America. New York University Press (1997).
Punk and Neo-Tribal Body Art. University Press of Mississippi (1995).
“Avertive Apocalypticism.” In the Oxford Handbook of Millennialism, ed. Catherine Wessinger, pp. 66-88. Oxford University Press, 2011. (Click here to read article)
“Spirits, Apparitions, and Traditions of Supernatural Photography.”Visual Resources: An International Journal of Documentation 25, no. 1-2 (March-June 2009): 109-136. Special Issue, Visualizing the Invisible: Visionary Technologies in Religious and Cultural Contexts. (Click here to read article)
“Pre’s Rock: Pilgrimage, Ritual, and Runners’ Traditions at the Roadside Shrine for Steve Prefontaine.” In Shrines and Pilgrimage in Contemporary Society: New Itineraries into the Sacred, ed. Peter Jan Margry. University of Amsterdam Press (2008). (Click here to read article) (Click here for photos of Pre’s Rock)
“Outsider Art, Vernacular Traditions, Trauma, and Creativity.” Western Folklore, no. 2 & 3 (Winter 2008): 179-198.
“Apocalyptic and Millenarian Aspects of American UFOism.” In UFO Religions, ed. Christopher Partridge, pp. 274-300. Routledge (2003).
“Polaroids from Heaven: Photography, Folk Religion, and the Miraculous Image Tradition at a Marian Apparition Site,” Journal of American Folklore 109 (1996): 129-48.
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, 1992
My interests include contemporary folklore studies, urban ethnology, and cultural theory; apocalyptic beliefs and millenarian movements; vernacular religion; and “outsider” and visionary artists.
- American Folklore Society
- International Communal Studies Association
- International Society for Contemporary Legend Research
- Société Internationale d’Ethnologie et de Folklore (SIEF)
- Western States Folklore Society
- Folklore and Popular Culture
- Folklore and Religion
- Folk Art, Visionary Art, and Material Culture
- History and Theory of Folklore Research
- Introduction to Folklore
- Apocalyptic Beliefs, Millenarianism, and Popular Eschatology
- Contemporary Folklore Studies, Cultural Theory, and Urban Ethnology
- Pilgrimage and Spiritual Tourism
- Visionary and “Outsider” Artists