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Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, 1992

My interests include outsider art/art brut; visionary cultures; trauma and creativity; contemporary folklore studies, urban ethnology, and cultural theory; apocalyptic beliefs and millenarian movements; mythologies; subculture studies; popular eschatology, death, and memorialization; and vernacular artistic expression.

Professional Memberships:

  • American Academy of Religion
  • American Folklore Society
  • Communal Studies Association
  • European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism
  • International Communal Studies Association
  • International Society for Contemporary Legend Research 
  • Société Internationale d’Ethnologie et de Folklore (SIEF)
  • Western States Folklore Society