I am historian of American religion with a background in American Studies and literature. My research focuses on Asian, metaphysical, and marginal religions in modern America. I am currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara and writing a dissertation on the early history of yoga in the United States from the mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth century.
I have published several articles in academic journals, and I edited and introduced a new and definitive edition of the metaphysical classic The Kybalion for Tarcher/Penguin in 2011. I have also written over two dozen articles for popular audiences in such venues as Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Yoga Journal, Air & Space Smithsonian, the Indian news site Scroll.in, and Tides, the magazine of the South Asian American Digital Archive. My writing has been translated into Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, and Turkish.