Current Institutional Affiliation
PhD, Anthropology, New York University (NYU)
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
Anthropology, New York University
Democratic Apostates: Conversion to Russian Orthodoxy in the Trump-Putin Era
Based on digital and physical fieldwork with conservative American converts to the Russian Orthodox Church, this work looks at how conversion to the ideals and faith of a foreign power can be seen as an almost subversive act that is deployed for larger political means. While these converts are more likely to be the moral minority rather than the moral majority, they are an important gauge for understanding the powerful philosophical shifts occurring in the current political climate among Christians in the United States and what they might mean for the future of American values, ideals, and democracy.