The comparative study of religions is my academic home, from which I regularly journey into the surrounding landscape of the humanities and social sciences (and, sometimes, even beyond). My work engages issues at the intersection of religion, gender, embodiment, media, material culture, and ritual. I explore such topics both in contemporary and historical contexts. Most of my recent publications focus on religions and mothers, motherhood and mothering, but my research interests range widely. I have taken on topics as varied as the construction of feminine voices and bodies, ornaments as spiritual expressions in early-modern Hindu devotional poetry, religious toys and dolls and identity formation in children, as well as religion, technology and media, especially digital ones. I am also interested in method and theory in the study of religions, in particular, comparative research designs.
Since January 2020, I am an assistant professor at the Faculty of theology and religious studies at the Université Laval in Québec. Previously, I have taught undergraduate courses in religious studies at the Department of Philosophy at Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada). I have worked in a variety of institutional contexts, such as the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga, the School of the Environment at the University of Toronto, the Faculté des Lettres and the Faculty of theology and religious studies at the University of Lausanne, the Collège des Humanités at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), the Faculty of theology for courses in comparative history of religions and interreligious dialogue at and those of study of Societies, Cultures and Religions at the Faculté des Lettres, both at the Université de Fribourg (Switzerland).
After completing my PhD in the study of religions at the Université de Lausanne (UNIL, Switzerland), I have joined the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto (Canada) as a postdoctoral researcher, with further collaborations with the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at York University. My project was entitled “Natural Parenting” in the Digital Age. At the Confluence of Mothering, Environmentalism, Religion and Technology and was funded through two postdoctoral mobility fellowships and a return grant of the Swiss National Science Foundation.
My expertise as a scholar of religions has been featured on various media. A list of my publications can be found here.