Mark is a historian of religions in America and critical theorist. His dissertation is an intellectual history of the death of God and re-enchantment in multireligious America from 1950–2015. It focuses critical attention on the interplay of secular and religious traditions, while constructively engaging topics such as transcendence, ecological crisis, postcolonial criticism, myth and gender theory. Mark has an MTS from Harvard Divinity School and is a PhD candidate at Rice, working with Jeffrey Kripal and ecological philosopher Timothy Morton. While at Harvard, he studied existential phenomenology with anthropologist Michael Jackson and comparative theology (focusing mainly on premodern Hindu and Buddhist Sanskrit traditions) with Francis Clooney. Mark is passionate about the contemporary relevance of religion and spiritual life at the intersection of the academic humanities and the public sphere.
Mark is currently a Mellon Civic Humanist Fellow with the Humanities Research Center and formerly served as President of the Humanities Graduate Student Association at Rice. During his time at Harvard, Mark worked in fundraising and communications for the Islam in the West program with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and also helped coordinate the Hindu Studies Colloquium with Harvard's Center for the Study of World Religions. Before graduate school, Mark was a secondary school English teacher in New Jersey.
PhD Candidate, Rice University, Department of Religion
MTS Harvard Divinity School
B.A. Kean University