Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Sarah M. Pike
Department of Religious Studies
California State University, Chico
Chico, CA 95929-0740
530-898-6341

Current Position

Professor.  Department of Religious Studies, California State University, Chico

Education

prese

Ph. D., (with distinction) Religious Studies, Indiana University (Ph. D. minor, Women's Studies), 1998
M. A., Religious Studies, Indiana University, 1989
B. A., cum laude, Religion, Duke University, 1983

Courses Created and Taught

Religion, Nature and Environmentalism; World Religions and Global Issues: Environment, War, and Social Justice (team-taught with a colleague in Comparative Religion); American Indian Worldviews; Confronting the Animal (team-taught with a colleague in Philosophy); Religion and America's Ethnic Minorities; Women and Religion; Beauty (team-taught with colleagues in Biology and English); The End of the World; Religion in America; Introduction to Religious Studies; "Cults" and New Religions; Gender, Family and God; Pilgrimage and Sacred Space; Violence in American Religious History; Religion and Social Institutions.

Selected Publications

Books:

Work in Progress: Internal Revolutions: Ritual and the Emotional Lives of Radical Environmentalists.

New Age and Neopagan Religions in America.  New York: Columbia University Press, 2004.

Earthly Bodies, Magical Selves: Contemporary Pagans and The Search for Community.  Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2001.

Articles and Book Chapters:

"Sweating Our Prayers in Dance Church." Social Science Research Council Forum, “Reverberations: New Directions in the Study of Prayer.” April 4, 2014. http://forums.ssrc.org/ndsp/2014/04/04/sweating-our-prayers-in-dance-church/

“Selling Infinite Selves: Youth Culture and Contemporary Festivals” in Religion and the Marketplace in the U.S., edited by Detlef Junker, Jan Stievermann, and Philip Goff. London and New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2014.

“Radical Animal Rights and Environmental Activism As Rites of Passage” in “The Denial of Ritual,” a special issue of the Journal of Ritual Studies (July 2013).

“Prayer and Presence in Unexpected Places.” Social Science Research Council Forum, “Reverberations: New Directions in the Study of Prayer.” http://forums.ssrc.org/ndsp/2013/05/14/prayer-and-presence-in-unexpected-places/

“Uprooted: Environmental activists have been jailed, persecuted and spied on. What fuels such an absolute commitment to a cause?” Aeon online magazine (May 7, 2013) http://www.aeonmagazine.com/nature-and-cosmos/sarah-pike-radical-environmentalists/

“Witchcraft Since the 1960s” in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the American News Media, edited by Diane Winston. London and New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.

“Religion and Youth Culture” in Children and Religion: A Methods Handbook, edited by Susan B. Ridgely. New York: New York University Press, 2011.

“Ashes to Ashes: Death rites have become private and tepid affairs. The Burning Man Temple brings a fiery edge to modern mourning,” in Aeon online magazine (October 26, 2012) http://www.aeonmagazine.com/oceanic-feeling/sarah-pike-burning-man/

“Burning Down the Temple: Religion and Irony in Black Rock City” in Religion Dispatches (September 11, 2011). Http://www.religiondispatches.org/archive/culture/5082/burning_down_the_temple%3A_religion_and_irony_in_black_rock_city.

“The West Memphis Three: Demons in the Dock . . . Or the Press Box?” in Trans/Missions (August 24, 2011). http://uscmediareligion.org/printable.php?theScoop&scID=437.

"Desert Goddesses and Apocalyptic Art: Making Sacred Space at the Burning Man Festival" in God in the Details: American Religion in Popular Culture, edited by Katherine McCarthy and Eric Mazur. New York: Routledge, Inc., 2010 [2001].

“Performing Grief in Formal and Informal Rituals at the Burning Man Festival,” in: Weinhold, J. & Samuel G. (eds.) "The Varieties of Ritual Experience," in Ritual Dynamics and the Science of Ritual. Volume II - Body, Performance, Agency and Experience, ed. by Axel Michaels et al. Wiesbaden, Germany: Harrassowitz, 2010.

“Dark Teens and Born-Again Martyrs: Captivity Narratives After Columbine,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 2009, 77: 647-672.

“Why Prince Charles Instead of ‘Princess Mononoke?’: A Response to The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 2009, 77(1): 66-72.

“Religion” in Key Words in the Study of Media and Religion, edited by David Morgan. New York: Routledge, 2008.

“The Pentacle Quest: Religious Freedom and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs” in the American Academy of Religion’s Religious Studies News, Spring 2007.

“Men and Women in New Religious Movements: Constructing Alternative Gender Roles” in Teaching New Religious Movements, edited by David G. Bromley. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.

“No Novenas for the Dead: Ritual Action and Communal Memory at the Temple of Tears,” in Afterburn: Reflections on Burning Man, edited by Lee Gilmore and Mark Van Proyen. University of New Mexico Press, 2005.

“Gleanings from the Field: Leftover Tales of Grief and Desire” in Researching Paganisms, edited by Jenny Blain, Doug Ezzy and Graham Harvey. Walnut Creek, CA: Altamira Press, 2004.

“A Perspective From Religious Studies” in Bioethics Bulletin, Vol. 5, No. 1 (Winter 1997).

“Forging Magical Selves: Gendered Bodies and Ritual Fires at Neo-Pagan Festivals” in Magical Religion and Modern Witchcraft, edited by James R. Lewis. Albany: NY: State University of New York Press, 1996.

“Rationalizing the Margins: A Review of Legitimation and Ethnographic Practice in Scholarly Research on Neo-Paganism” in Magical Religion and Modern Witchcraft, edited by James R. Lewis. Albany: NY: State University of New York Press, 1996.

Book Reviews:

Review of Lucas Johnston. Religion and Sustainability: Social Movements and the Politics of the Environment (London: Equinox Publishing, 2013) in Nova Religio, forthcoming 2014.

Review of Enabling Creative Chaos: The Organization Behind the Burning Man Event, by Katherine Chen (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2009) for the Journal for the Study of Radicalism 6.2 (2012): 152-154.

Review of Paranormal America: Ghost Encounters, UFO Sightings, Bigfoot Hunts, and Other Curiosities in Religion and Culture History (New York University Press, 2010), for the Journal of American History 2011 98: 927-928.

Review of the Handbook of Contemporary Paganism. Edited by James R. Lewis and Murphy Pizza (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2009) in Nova Religio 2010.

Review of Teenage Witches: Magical Youth and the Search for Self. By Helen A. Berger and Douglas Ezzy (Rutgers University Press, 2007) in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion 2008, 76(3): 703-705.

Review of Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion by Jeffrey J. Kripal. (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2007), American Anthropologist, 2008.

Review of Witching Culture: Folklore and Neo-Paganism in America, by Sabina Magliocco (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004) in The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Spring 2006.

Review of Rest in Peace: A Cultural History of Death and the Funeral Home in Twentieth-Century America, by Gary Laderman (Oxford University Press, 2003) in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, December 2005.

Review of The New Religious Movements Experience in America. By Eugene V. Gallagher (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2004) for The Journal of Religion, 2006.

Review of Darren Kemp, New Age: A Guide (Edinburgh University Press, 2004) for Religion, 2005.

Review of Belief Beyond Boundaries: Wicca, Celtic Spirituality and the New Age, edited by Joanne Pearson (Milton Keynes, UK: Ashgate Publishing, 2002), in the Journal for the Academic Study of Magic, 2004.

Review of Magic, Witchcraft and the Otherworld, by Susan Greenwood (Oxford and New York: Berg, 2000), in Culture and Religion (Fall 2002).

Review of Ecofeminism As Politics: Nature, Marx and the Postmodern by Ariel Salleh (London: Zed Books, 1997) in Nova Religio (Fall 1998).

Review of AIDs As an Apocalyptic Metaphor in North America, by Susan Palmer (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997), in Nova Religio (Summer 1998)

Review of Ecological Resistance Movements: The Global Emergence of Radical and Popular Environmentalism, by Bron Taylor in The Journal of Terrorism and Political Violence (Summer 1998).

Review of Out in the Field: Reflections of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists, eds. Ellen Lewin and William L. Leap (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1996), in the Journal of American Folklore (Spring 1997).

Review of The Kingdom of Matthias: A Story of Sex and Salvation in Nineteenth-Century America (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994), in Religious Studies Review (Summer 1995)

Encyclopedia entries:

“Wicca” in World Book Encyclopedia Online, forthcoming Summer 2008.

“Amulets,” "Palmistry," and "Fortunetelling"  in the World Book Encyclopedia, 2006.

“Burning Man” and “Pagan Festivals” in The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, edited by Bron Taylor and Jeffrey Kaplan.  Continuum International, 2005.

“Neopaganism” and “Neopagan Rites of Passage” in The Encyclopedia of Religion, 2nd edition.  New York: Macmillan, 2004.

“New Age” in the Encyclopedia of Religion and American Culture, edited by Gary Laderman and Luis Leon.  Santa Barbara and Oxford:  ABC-CLIO, 2002.

“Neopaganism” in The Encyclopedia of Religion in the South, 2nd edition, edited by Samuel S. Hill and Charles H. Lippy.  Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2001.

"Apocalypticism," “Psychic” and “Dowsing” in The Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Religion, edited by Wade Clark Roof.  New York: Macmillan, 2000.

Presentations

Invited talks:

“Internal revolution: collective ritualizing and youth conversion to radical environmentalism,” for a roundtable on “Re-assembling Democracy. Ritual as a cultural resource” at The University of Oslo in December 2013.

“From Tree-Huggers to Eco-Terrorists: Childhood Religious Experience and Radical Environmentalism,” University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (November 2010)

“Conversations with the Dead: Mourning Rites at the Burning Man Festival” for the Department of Religious Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (April 2010)

“Performing Grief in Formal and Informal Rituals at the Burning Man Festival.” Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo (October 2009).

“Performing Grief in Formal and Informal Rituals at the Burning Man Festival.” Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo (October 2009).

”Teenage Spirituality and the Natural World” for the Council on Spiritual and Ethical Education in Chapel Hill, NC (April 2008)

“Gender and Satanic Possession: From Salem to School Shootings” at York University, Toronto, Canada for the Graduate Programme in Women’s Studies (April 2006)

“Burning Man’s Postmodern Rites of Passage: Beyond Traditional Belief” at the University of Nevada, Reno for the Grant Sawyer Center for Justice (November 2003)

“Ethnographic research and Earthly Bodies, Magical Selves,” at Princeton University(January 2002)

“Sacred Space and Apocalyptic Art at the Burning Man Festival” for the Religious Studies Department at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, November 1999.

“Blood That Matters: Neo-Pagan Borrowers and Native American Others,” Humanities Lecture Series, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT (Spring 1997)

Conference Presentations:

“The Dance Floor as Urban Altar: How Bodies Transform the Lived Experience of Cities in a New Age Dance Church” for a conference on “Religion and Urban Spaces” at the University of Göttingen in April 2014.

Panelist, “The Gothic” for the Religion and Popular Culture Group, American Academy of Religion 2013 Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

Panelist, “Methods for Teaching and Researching about Children in Religions” for the Childhood Studies and Religion Group, American Academy of Religion 2012 Annual Meeting, Chicago IL.

Respondent, “Performed Ritual Expression: The Ethnographic Study of Art, Prayer, and Song,” for the Ritual Studies Group, American Academy of Religion 2012 Annual Meeting, Chicago IL.

“Ruptural Performances, Other Bodies, Social Change” for “Monumental Events: Ritual Pluralization As Response to Social and Environmental Crisis” at the University of Oslo, March 2012.

“Spiritual Selves, Secular Consumers: Youth Culture and the Marketing of New Spiritualities at American Festivals” for “Religion and the Marketplace” conference at the Center for American Studies, University of Heidelberg, October 2011.

Panelist, “Sex Abuse and the Study of Children” at the conference “Religion and Sex Abuse” at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, September 2011.

“Trees I Fell in Love With”: Grief and Biophilia in the Rituals of Radical Environmentalism” for “Ritual Creativity, Emotions and the Body” at the Societé Internationale d'Ethnologie et de Folklore (SIEF) 2011 meeting in Lisbon, Portugal.

Panelist, “The Denial of Ritual” for the Ritual Studies Group, American Academy of Religion 2009 Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada.

“Self-Identity Across Festival Boundaries,” for the “Workshop on Festivals,” University of Oslo, October 2009.

Panelist, “Unlikely Companions in Sacred Realms: Crisis, Poïesis and Transformative Appropriations of Sacred Objects and Spaces in New Religious Movements” at the Society for the Anthropology of Religion and the Psychological Anthropological Society joint meeting in Asilomar, CA, 2009.

“Slamdancing for God: Religious Punk Rock Politics and Media Representation” at the Global Seminar on Religion and Media, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2008.

“Corporate Youth Culture and the Gods of Nature,” Plenary address at the Conference on Media, Religion and Culture at the Universidade Metodista in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2008.

“Performing Grief in Formal and Informal Rituals at the Burning Man Festival” at the conference on Ritual Dynamics and the Science of Ritual in Heidelberg, Germany, 2008.

Presenter and session organizer, “Trees and Their Humans” at the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture 2008 in Morelia, Mexico.
Panelist, “Roundtable on The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature” at the American Academy of Religion 2007 Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

“’Liberation’s Crusade Has Begun:’ Hare Krishna Hardcore Youth and Animal Rights Activism,” at the American Academy of Religion 2007 Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

“From Tree Huggers to Terrorists: Childhood Religious Experience and Radical Environmentalism” at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion 2006 Annual Meeting in Portland, OR.

Presenter and Moderator, “Nature and Religion in Childhood: a Roundtable” at the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture 2006 Annual Meeting in Gainesville, FL.

Respondent, “Neo-Pagan Religions in Central and Eastern Europe” at the American Academy of Religion 2005 Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Presenter, Forum on Religion in U. S. Prisons at the American Academy of Religion 2004 Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas.

Respondent, “Untold or Silenced Knowledge? Ethnographies on Neo-Pagan Goddess Spiritualities and the Academy” at the American Academy of Religion 2004 Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas.

Respondent and Presider. “Violating America: Murder and Identity in Modern U. S. Culture and Fiction” at the American Studies Association, 2003 Annual Meeting, Hartford, CT.

“No Novenas For the Dead: Public Rites of Mourning and the Burning Man Festival” in a panel session on “Ritual, Representation and Media in Public” at the American Academy of Religion 2002 Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada

“Spirituality in American Teenagers” at the 2002 Religious Studies in Secondary Education conference in Toronto, Canada

“After Columbine:  Demonic Teens on the Internet, God's Martyrs in the Headlines,” in the Religion and Popular Culture Group at the American Academy of Religion, 2001 Annual Meeting, Denver, CO

"Dark Spaces of Consumption: Adolescents and Religion on the Internet," in a session on "Scapes of Technology, Techniques of Space" at the American Anthropological Association, 2000 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA

"Infected By the Devil and Consumed By Darkness: Images of Adolescents in Contemporary America" in a session on "Suffering Childhood in America" at the American Studies Association, 2000 Annual Meeting, Detroit, MI>

Invited panel member, Lilly Endowment Consultation on Children and Religion, Sessions Two and Three, Indianapolis, IN (March and May 2000)

"Sacred Time and Virtual Space at the Burning Man Festival" in a session on "Constructing Identity and Community in Time and Cyberspace" at the American Anthropological Association, 1999 Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL

“Children of the Devil or Gifted in Magic? The Work of Memory in Neopagan Narrative” for the Nature Religions Scholars Network, American Academy of Religion, 1999 Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.

“Dark Teens and the Academic Study of Adolescence” presented at the Lilly Endowment Consultation on Children and Religion, Session One, Indianapolis, IN, October 1999.

“Sacred Space and Apocalyptic Art at the Burning Man Festival” for the Religious Studies Department at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, November 1999.

Organized and presided over panel, "'Nature Religion' as a Theoretical Construct, " joint session of the New Religious Movements Group and the Comparative Religion Section, American Academy of Religion, 1998 Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL.

“Blood That Matters: Neo-Pagan Borrowers and Native American Others” presented in the New Religious Movements Group, American Academy of Religion, 1995 Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

"Forging Magical Selves: Gendered Bodies and Ritual Fires at Neo-Pagan Festivals" presented in the New Religious Movements Group, American Academy of Religion, 1993 Annual Meeting, Washington D. C.

"Reinventing the Female Body: 'Sex Magic' in Contemporary Goddess Religion" presented in the Gender and Religion Section, American Folklore Society, 1992 Annual Meeting, Jacksonville, Florida.
"'Like Lambs to the Slaughter:' Christian Fundamentalism, New Age Religion and the Purity of Children" presented in the North American Religion Section, American Academy of Religion, 1992 Annual Meeting, San Francisco.

Guest Lectures and Campus-Wide Panels at California State University, Chico

Panelist, “Local Religions in Global Context.” Local Religions Conference at CSU, Chico (September 2012).

“Making the Strange Familiar.” Keynote address for the College of Humanities and Fine Arts Student Symposium (April 2012).

Panelist, “Religion and Science” for the Philosophy Club, March 2011

“Drumming, Dancing and Spirit Possession in Maya Deren’s Divine Horsemen,” for Chico Performances, in honor of a local appearance by performers Bonga and the Vodou Drums of Haiti (2011)

“Memorialization in the U. S.” for the CSU, Chico Humanities Center’s theme, “Memory, Nostalgia, Ruins” (April 2010)

“Corporate Youth Culture and the Gods of Nature,” Department of Religious Studies Public Lecture Series (2008)

“’Liberation’s Crusade Has Begun:’ Hare Krishna Hardcore Youth and Animal Rights Activism,” Department of Religious Studies Public Lecture Series (2007).

“Youth Culture in the United States Today” for the Associated Students Professional Development Committee Staff Workshop (Spring 2004)

“Burning Man and Leisure” for Sarah Richardson’s Parks and Recreation class (Spring 2004)

“No Novenas for the Dead: Burning Man’s Postmodern Rites of Passage” for the Anthropology Forum (Spring 2004)

“Tolkien and Contemporary Paganism” for RS 144, “Religious Dimensions of Literature” (Fall 2003)

Keynote speaker for the California State University, Chico Student Affairs Council “Pause” conference on “Here Come the Millennials” (2002)

Panel member, Center for Applied and Professional Ethics Forum on “Evil” (Spring 2002)

Panel member, Environmental Affairs Council panel on “Religion and the Environment” (April 2001)

Moderator for “Religions of the Great Basin,” for the Anthropology Forum (Spring 2001)

“After Columbine: Christian Martyrs in the Headlines, Demonic Teens on the Internet” for the Anthropology Forum (Fall 2001)

“Contemporary Religious Festivals” for RS 10, “Introduction to Religious Studies” (Spring 2000)

"Contemporary Paganism" for Multicultural and Gender Studies 198, "Research Seminar" (Fall 1999)
“Contemporary Paganism” for Anthropology 40, “Magic, Witchcraft and Religion” (Spring 1998)

“Education and American Indians” for RS 210, “Teaching About Religions in American Public Schools” (Spring 1998)

“Playing With the Female Body: Art, Eroticism and Religion,” California State University, Chico Women’s Center conference, “Women’s Lives: Past, Present, and Future” (Spring 1998)

“Lived Experience and the Seduction of Stories,” Keynote Address, College of Humanities and Fine Arts Student Symposium (Spring 1998)

“Evil in Your Back Yard: Strange Cults and America’s Struggle With Religious Diversity,” for lecture series “Conversations on Diversity,” sponsored by California State University Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies (Fall 1997)

“Participant Observation and Ethnographic Methods for the Study of Religion” for RS 190, “Methods in the Study of Religion” (Spring 1997)

“Ethnographic Research Methods” for WST 290, “Research Seminar in Women’s Studies” (Spring 1997)

“Serious Playing With the Self: Gender and Body Art at Contemporary Pagan Festivals” for the Anthropology Forum (Spring 1997)

Grants and Awards

2013-present Norwegian Research Council four-year grant for the collaborative project, Reassembling Democracy: Ritual as Cultural Resource. The research team includes scholars from Norway, Denmark, France, South Africa, Ghana, Poland, Canada, Germany, the U.S. and the U.K.

2009-2010 California State University, Chico Academic Senate Professional Achievement Award

California State University, Chico 2004-2005 Outstanding Professor

Spring 2007 CSU Research Grant for research project, “Dark Teens:  Adolescents on the Margins of American Culture.”

Summer 2004  CSU Research Grant for research project, “Dark Teens:  Adolescents on the Margins of American Culture.”

Fall 2002  Sabbatical leave for one semester to complete book manuscript, New Age and Neopagan Religions in America.

Summer 2001  Summer Scholars Grant for “Dark Teens: Adolescents on the Margins of American Culture”

Fall 2000  Faculty Development Grant for one course release time from California State University, Chico to work on book project “Dark Teens:  Adolescents on the Margins of American Culture”

Summer 1999  National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend for research project, “Dark Teens:  Adolescents on the Margins of American Culture”>

January-May 1999   California State University, Chico Research Grant of a full semester release from teaching to finish a book manuscript:  Earthly Bodies, Magical Selves: Contemporary Pagans and The Search for Community.

January-August 1999   American Academy of Religion Individual Research Grant for 2000.00 to aid in publication of Earthly Bodies, Magical Selves.

August 1998-December 1998   Faculty Development Grant for one course release time from California State University, Chico.

June 1997-August 1997  Summer Scholars Grant of 3500.00 from California State University, Chico.

Media Interviews

“Four Questions With Sarah Pike,” interview for “Religion in American History Blog,” March 12, 2013

Interview with documentary filmmaker Vanessa Workman for her film “3 Hungry Teens” (2012)

Interview, Scott Sonner, Associated Press for “Burning Man Regulars Lament Ticket Fiasco,” 2/26/2012.

Interview, Rose French, Minneapolis Star Tribune, “Wiccan Prisoner Sues State, Claiming Religious Rights Violated,” 4/9/2011.

Interview with Masako Fukui for ABC Radio Australia on “Pagans Among Us.” Broadcast March 13, 2011.

Professional Service

Leadership

Conference co-organizer. “Nature and the Popular Imagination.” Co-sponsored by the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture and Pepperdine University, Malibu, California (August 2012)

Board of Directors, International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture (2010-present). (I am currently President-Elect.)

American Academy of Religion Ritual Studies Group Steering Committee (2010-present)

American Academy of Religion Finance Committee (2011-2012)

Chair, American Academy of Religion’s Committee for the Public Understanding of Religion (2006-2011)

American Academy of Religion, Board of Directors Executive Committee (2007-2011)

AAR Religion in the Schools Task Force Working Group (2008-2010)

American Academy of Religion, Board of Directors (2006-2011)

Chair, New Religious Movements Group, American Academy of Religion (2002-2006)

Scientific Committee, International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture (2008--2009)

Editorial Boards

Editorial Board, Critical Research on Religion: An Interdisciplinary Journal (2012-present)

Editorial Review Board, “Studies in Critical Research on Religion” published by Brill Academic Publishers (2008-present)

Editorial Board, Wiley-Blackwell, Religion Compass online journal (2008-present)

Member, editorial board, Journal for the Academic Study of Magic (2003-2009)

Member, editorial board, The Pomegranate (2004-present)

Member, editorial board, Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature (Continuum International, 2004).

Tenure, promotion, or PhD thesis examiner:

Outside Ph.D. committee member, Syracuse University
Outside Ph.D. committee member, General Theological Union
Outside Ph.D. thesis examiner for the University of Cape Town, South Africa
Outside Ph.D. thesis examiner for The University of Canterbury, New Zealand,
Outside Ph.D. thesis examiner for the Australia National University
Outside reviewer for Merrimack College tenure case
Outside reviewer for North Carolina State promotion case
Outside reviewer for University of Tasmania promotion case

Book manuscript reviews and book proposal reviews for the following presses:

New York University Press; Brill; Oxford University Press; Routledge; New York University Press; Columbia University Press

Journal article reviews

Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, Culture; Material Religion; Religion; Space and Culture; The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (incorporating Man); Western Folklore; Sociology of Religion; Journal of Contemporary Ethnography; Sociology of Religion

Other professional service:

Expert witness in McCollom v. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations, 2009.

Faculty Mentor for University of Colorado, Boulder, Seminar in Religion, Media and Culture (Spring 2004)

Reader for the University of Colorado, Boulder, School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s Lilly Doctoral Fellowship (2004)

Service Activities at CSU, Chico

Leadership Roles and Committee Chairs

Director, CSUC Humanities Center (2010—present): has included curating the Humanities Center Art Gallery and The University Film Series as well as organizing events with invited speakers and faculty seminars.

General Education Food Studies Pathway Coordinator (2011-2012)

Chair, Committee of Arts and Lectures (2003-2010). Screened proposals and funded visiting lecturers and performers.

Chair, Department of Comparative Religion and Humanities Research, Tenure and Promotion Committee (2012-2013)

Chair, College of Humanities and Fine Arts Leaves Committee, 2006.

Chair, Department of Religious Studies Research, Tenure and Promotion Committee (2004-2005)

College of Humanities and Fine Arts Representative, University Affirmative Action Committee (1998-1999)

Student Mentoring and Advising Positions

Faculty Senate Appointed Advisor, Associated Students Environmental Affairs Council (2010-present)

Faculty Mentor, Freshman Orientation 2013.

Faculty Advisor, CSU, Chico Fair Trade University (2011-present)

Faculty Advisor for Honor’s project on “Polish Folklore and Religion”

Faculty Advisor for Honor’s project on “Mount Shasta as Sacred Space” (2004-2005)

Faculty Advisor for Honor’s project on “The Spiritual Music of the Rainbow Family” (2003-2004)

Faculty Advisor for Master’s thesis on “Traditional Maidu Spirituality and Foresty Practices” (2003-2004)

Women’s Center Advisory Board (2000-2002) Advised and supported student organization in running internships and planning workshops and conferences.

Faculty Advisor for the Summer Orientation Program (2002)

Judge, Jen O’Hare Women’s Studies Scholarship (2000-2003)

Co-facilitator, "Religion and the Performance of Gender" reading group (Fall 1998) offered as part of the student-run “Gender As Performance" conference.

Faculty panel member for student taught course, Multicultural and Gender Studies 198C: Woman/Goddess/Nature.

Women’s Studies Advisory Committee (1998-2000)

Faculty Advisor, American Indian Club (1998)

Committee Member, Senior Honor’s Thesis on “Religion and Eating Disorders,” 1998-99.

Committee Member, Senior Honor’s Thesis, 1996-97.

Committee Memborship

Search committee for Modern Art History, Department of Art and Art History (2013-2014)

Search committee for College of Humanities and Fine Arts Dean (2012-2013)

Civic Engagement Faculty Learning Community (2012-2013)

College of Humanities and Fine Arts Personnel Committee (2010-2012)

Humanities Center Advisory Board (1999-2010).

University Art Gallery Advisory Committee (January 2005-2008)

Search Committee for Modern and Contemporary Art History, Department of Art and Art History.

Search Committee for American Colonial History, Department of History (2007-2008).

Search Committee for East Asian religions, Department of Religious Studies (2007-2008)

Search Committee for Islam, Department of Religious Studies (2006-2007)

College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Research, Tenure and Promotion Committee, 2006.

Department of Religious Studies RTP Committee, 2005-2007.

Committee of Arts and Lectures (1999-2003). Screened proposals and funded visiting lecturers and performers.

Member, American Studies Program Committee (1999-2002). Worked on curriculum, program requirements, and evaluation of program.

Moderator, “Women’s Journeys” for the College of Humanities and Fine Arts Symposium (2001)

Search Committee for Islam and East Asian Religions positions (2001-2002)

Search Committee for East Asian Religions position (2000-2001)

Participated in Upper Division Theme A, "American Identities and Cultures," Fall 1996-Fall 2003

Participated in development of new Upper Division Theme, "Catastrophes and Humanity" (1998-1999)

Affirmative Action Liaison Officer on the Search Committee for Religion and Society position (1999-2000)

Co-coordinator of bimonthly series, “Conversations on Diversity,” sponsored by the Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies (1997-1999)

Participated in Upper Division Theme A, "American Identities and Cultures," Fall 1996-Fall 2000

Participated in development of new Upper Division Theme, "Catastrophes and Humanity" (1998-2000)

Community Service

Judge, FOCUS Film Festival international film competition, “Living with Disabilities” (2013)

Member, Butte Environmental Council (2012-present)

Volunteer, 1078 Gallery (2009-present)

Chair, 1078 Gallery Exhibitions Committee (December 2006 -present)

Chair, 1078 Gallery Board of Directors (January 2005-2007)

Presentation on “Old Gods and New Pagans in the Twenty-First Century” at the Unitarian Fellowship of Chico (Spring 2004)

Presentations on “New Religions” and “Pagan Festivals” for the World Religions class at Trinity United Methodist Church, Chico (Spring 2002)

Expert witness on “contemporary spirituality” for Black Rock City LLC dba Burning Man v. Voyeur Video, Inc.

Presentation on "What New Religious Movements Indicate for the New Millennium," at the Unitarian Fellowship of Chico (Spring 2000)

Member, Chico High West Parent Advisory Board Committee on Community Service (2000).

Presentation on "Native Americans and European Colonialism” for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders at Hooker Oak Elementary School, Chico, CA (Spring 2000)

Presentation on "What New Religious Movements Indicate for the New Millennium," at the Unitarian Fellowship of Chico, January 23, 2000.

Presentation on "Native Americans and European Colonialism” for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders at Hooker Oak Elementary School, Chico, CA (Spring 2000)

Panelist for "The Anthropologists Talk Back," a session organized by CSU, Northridge folklorist Sabina Magliocco at New Age conference "Pantheacon," San Francisco, CA, February 1999.

Presentation on "Why Are There So Many Religions in America?" at the Unitarian Fellowship of Chico, February 1999.

Presentation on “Pueblo Indians on the Rio Grande,” ‘Big Rivers” Institute for public school teachers (1998)