There’s a new piece of mine up at JSTOR Daily revisiting the profession of mediumship in the wake of the current women’s movements. Drawing from the work of R. Laurence Moore, it details how nineteenth-century women used the professional opportunities afforded by the rise of spiritualism to assume male social roles, to achieve some measure of autonomy, and to access centers of power previously unavailable to them. It’s available here: https://daily.jstor.org/when-women-channeled-the-dead-to-be-heard/
In my latest for JSTOR Daily, I recall how a feud between Frederick Douglass and Martin Delany erupted in the pages of Frederick Douglass’s Newspaper over the meaning and purpose of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. This is the last time I will write publicly about Stowe until someone lets me gush about The Minister’s Wooing.
Religion Dispatches just published an essay of mine on the Mormon influences (and imperatives) of Jeff Flake’s recent anti-Trump speeches. This piece digs deeper into how Mormon commitments to empiricism (of a kind) and models of prophecy drawn from the Book of Mormon inflect Flake’s most recent speech on the political and theological importance of truth telling.