My research focuses on "church asylum" (Kirchenasyl) for rejected asylum-seekers in Germany with specific attention to the relationship between Christianity and citizenship. I am interested in how Christian sanctuary, which offers a form of shelter from the state, becomes a mechanism through which rejected asylum-seekers gain legibility as subjects worthy of legal recognition and political belonging.
Prior to my doctoral work, I received a M.T.S. in Philosophy of Religion from Harvard Divinity School as a Dean’s Fellow in 2019. After graduating with a B.A. in Politics from Willamette University in 2015, I also served as a Consultant for Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Cairo, Egypt.
I am a Graduate Coordinator for Concerning Violence: A Collaborative Research Group, a Focal Group housed in the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages. If you would like to learn more about this group or be added to our email list, please do not hesitate to contact me.