Comparative Religion; Death & Dying; Religious, Spiritual, Mystical and Paranormal Experience; Folklore & Popular Culture; Zombies & Horror
Not teaching this quarter.
Beyond the Threshold: Afterlife Beliefs and Experiences in World Religions (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008; paperback edition, 2010; 2nd edition, 2018).
Death, Society, and Human Experience, 12th edition (Routledge, 2018). With Robert J. Kastenbaum.
Dharma of the Dead: Zombies, Mortality, and the Buddhist Meditation on Death (McFarland, 2018).
The Routledge Companion to Death & Dying (Routledge, 2018). Editor.
Death, Dying and Mysticism: The Ecstasy of the End (Palgrave, 2015). Co-editor, with Thomas Cattoi.
Digital Death: Mortality in the Online Age (Praeger, 2014). Co-editor, with A. David Lewis.
The Spiritualist Movement: Speaking with the Dead in America and Around the World, 3 Volumes (Praeger, 2013). Editor.
Race, Oppression and the Zombie: Essays on Cross-Cultural Appropriations of the Caribbean Tradition (McFarland, 2011). Co-editor, with Cory James Rushton.
Zombies Are Us: Essays on the Humanity of the Walking Dead (McFarland, 2011). Co-editor, with Cory James Rushton.
“Rehabilitating the Spirituality of Pre-Islamic Arabia: On the Importance of the Kahin, the Jinn, and the Tribal Ancestral Cult.” Journal of Religious History 41 (2017): 137-157.
“Common Threads among Different Forms of Charismatic Leadership.” With Ylva Sandberg. Journal of Religion and Business Ethics 3.19 (2015): Online: <http://via.library.depaul.edu/jrbe/vol3/iss1/19>.
“Shugendō and The Shining: Liminal Space and Religious Experience in the Work of Stanley Kubrick.” With Caterina Fugazzola. Symposia: The Journal of the Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto 6 (2014): 75-93.
"On the Relationship between Birds and Spirits of the Dead."Animals & Society 22.5 (2014): 481-502.
“Let this Hell be our Heaven: Richard Matheson’s Spirituality and its Hollywood Distortions”Journal of Religion and Popular Culture 24.1 (2012): 130-147.
“Dharma of the Living Dead: A Meditation on the Meaning of the Hollywood Zombie.” Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses 39.2 (2010): 263-281.
“A Modern Meditation on Death: Identifying Buddhist Teachings in George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead.” Contemporary Buddhism 9.2 (2008): 151-165.
“Devil Music and the Great Beast: Ozzy Osbourne, Aleister Crowley, and the Christian Right.” Journal of Religion and Popular Culture 5 (2003): Online: http://www.usask.ca/relst/jrpc/art5-devilmusic.html.
“Afterlife Beliefs in Major World Religions.” In Lawrence Berk (Ed.). Death and Dying in Oncology (Springer, 2017): 77-97.
“How Philosophy Satisfies the Curious Student.” With Robert Gorton and Jacob Blair. In Kishor Vaidya (Ed.). Philosophy for the Curious: Why Study Philosophy (The Curious Academic Press, 2015).
“The Evidence for Life after Death: An Overview of the Debate.” In Lucy Bregman (Ed.), Death and Dying in America; Volume 2: Special Issues (Praeger, 2010): 209-235.
“Mystical Experience and the Afterlife.” In Lance Storm and Michael A. Thalbourne (Eds.), The Survival of Human Consciousness: Essays on the Possibility of Life After Death (McFarland, 2006): 31-46.
“Report on a Survey of Jewish Beliefs in and Experiences of Death, Dying, and the Afterlife,” Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion, Ottawa, ON (2015).
“A Survey of Jewish Beliefs in and Experiences with Death, Dying, and the Afterlife," Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion, Victoria, BC (2013).
“Jewish Ghosts: A Content Analysis of Some Jewish Folklore,” Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, San Francisco, CA (2011).
“The Feminization of Death: Changing Attitudes towards Death and Gender,” Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion, Montreal, QC (2010).
“Shrouding the Dead: The Hollywood Obfuscation of Eastern Spirituality in Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend,” Annual Meeting of the Popular Culture Association, New Orleans, LA (2009).
“Dharma of the Living Dead: Identifying Buddhist Teachings in Romero's Night of the Living Dead,” Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion, Vancouver, BC (2008).
Invited Papers: “Death and the Afterlife,” Death, Dying, and Spirituality, Sogang University, Seoul, Korea (2007).
“The Symbolic Connection between Birds and Spirits of the Dead,” Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, San Antonio, TX (2004).