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What’s Really Going on Inside the Minnesota Church Accused of Trying to Expel Its Elderly Members” (Slate, 2020)

In California, a Christian Megachurch Is Trying to Bring a 2-Year-Old Girl Back to Life” (Slate, 2019)

Q&A with Jennifer Silva, the author of “We’re Still Here: Pain and Politics in the Heart of America” (Slate, 2019)
—2013 interview with Silva about her previous book, “Coming Up Short: Working Class Adulthood in an Age of Uncertainty” (the Boston Globe)

A New Front in the War Over Reproductive Rights: ‘Abortion-Pill Reversal’” (The New York Times magazine, 2017) “At the top of the screen she saw a toll-free number and the words ‘Abortion Pill Reversal: It may not be too late.’ She picked up the phone.”

The Professor Wore a Hijab in Solidarity—Then Lost Her Job” (The New York Times magazine, 2016) “As a Wheaton anthropology professor, Brian Howell, wrote in January, the episode had become ‘something of a Rorschach test for those wondering about the state of Wheaton College, evangelicalism and even U.S. Christianity.’”

Why Hillary Clinton Bombed With White Evangelical Voters” (Slate, 2016)

These Evangelical Women Speaking Out Against Trump Have More Influence Than You Think” (Slate, 2016)

Kissed Goodbye” (Slate, 2019) Joshua Harris, the author of a best-selling evangelical abstinence manifesto, announces his separation from his wife.—”Hello Goodbye” (Slate, 2016) Profile of Harris as he began to publicly reconsider the lessons he taught to millions.  

Memo to Parents: Back Off, and Children Learn More“: Book review, “The Gardener and the Carpenter” (New York Times Book Review, 2016)

The Scholarly Study of Scientology” (JSTOR Daily, 2014)
“There are two big reasons for the dearth of academic interest in Scientology. First, it has been an unusually secretive movement from its inception. … And second, ‘it has been probably the most litigious religious movement in American history.'”

Evangelical college’s contraception lawsuit proves divisive” (Al Jazeera America, 2014)

How a Megachurch Melts Down” (, 2014)
“Mars Hill’s demise can be read as an object lesson in the dangers of building a church—or any brand—on a single magnetic leader.”

Gay Sex, Hookups, and Porn: What Would Jesus Do?” (Al Jazeera America, 2014)
“NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Prominent evangelical Christian leaders met here this week to discuss a topic that’s typically taboo in Sunday church: sexuality.”

Can the evangelical church embrace gay couples?” (the Boston Globe, 2014)
“If there is going to be change in the orthodox Protestant approach to gay people, this is what the beginning of that transformation will look like.”

The Strange Saga of ‘Jesus Calling,’ the Evangelical Best-Seller You’ve Never Heard Of” (The Daily Beast, 2014)

Baby’s First Photo: the Unstoppable Rise of the Ultrasound Souvenir Industry” (BuzzFeed Ideas, 2014)

The great historic house museum debate” (The Boston Globe, 2014)
“Some preservationists are now making an argument that sounds downright blasphemous to defenders of these charming repositories of local history: There are simply too many house museums, and many of them would be better off closing.”

For pregnant women, two sets of rights in one body” (the Boston Globe, February 2014)
“Thanks to a patchwork of state court decisions and laws passed to protect pregnant women, punish abusers, promote public health, and discourage abortions, fetuses have steadily been gaining legal rights in American courts—rights that often conflict with those of the women who carry them.”

Mystery Man“: Profile of little-known but influential 1930s poetry editor Ronald Lane Latimer (the Poetry Foundation, 2013)

Boston’s Marathon Memorial: How much should we save?” (the Boston Globe, 2013)
“The kind of preservation effort surrounding the memorial for the Boston Marathon bombings is something relatively new: an attempt to save everything associated with a civic tragedy.”

To the People” (A conversation with 2013 inaugural poet Richard Blanco, the Poetry Foundation, January 2013)

Conflicted Generation: Millennials and the war on terror” (US Catholic magazine, cover story, September 2012)

Opening Up”: A conversation with Mary Karr (The Poetry Foundation, 2012)

Members of Congress Whom I Would Have Preferred to Have Tweeted Photos of the Nouns in Their Last Names,” (The Awl, 2011)



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