Full Circle: Staying at the University of Alabama and Visiting the College of Charleston

So, some big news (that I've already announced on Facebook and Twitter and that you might already know about). I have accepted a tenure track job as Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama. I'm incredibly happy and excited about this position. As Russell McCutcheon wrote at the department … Continue reading Full Circle: Staying at the University of Alabama and Visiting the College of Charleston

Tulsi Gabbard, the First Hindu in the U.S. Congress?

The Religion News Service has posted  an excellent profile of Tulsi Gabbard, the Democrat running for Congress in Hawaii's 2nd district. Gabbard is leading in the polls by a whopping 52 points and should win in a landslide. Of course, her opponent, Kawika Crowley, lives and campaigns out of bumper-stickered white van. If Gabbard wins, … Continue reading Tulsi Gabbard, the First Hindu in the U.S. Congress?

Asian Religions in America as an Ngram: Hinduism, Buddhism, and the Rammohun Spike

I decided to play around with Google's Ngram viewer and see what it might tell me about how Americans wrote about Asian religions. Click here for a bigger version of the graph. Here's what I noticed: 1. The most popular moment for Asian religions in America was in the 1820s and it most likely revolved … Continue reading Asian Religions in America as an Ngram: Hinduism, Buddhism, and the Rammohun Spike