Curriculum Vitae

AWARDS

2011-2016 Chancellor’s Fellowship Award (UC Santa Barbara)

PUBLICATIONS

  • “Psychedelic Naturalism and Interspecies Alliance: Views from the Emerging Radical Mycology Movement,” a chapter in Plant Medicines, Healing and Psychedelic Science: Cultural Perspectives. Beatriz Caiuby Labate & Clancy Cavnar (Eds). Springer, 2018.
  • “American Neo-Hasids in the Land of Israel,” Nova Religio: the Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions. Vol.13, No. 4, May 2010.

PRESENTATIONS

  • “Think like a mushroom”: the animistic play of amateur applied mycologists,” on the panel “The New Age, Reconsidered: Science, Ontology, Healing, Epistemology,” at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, November 14-18, 2018, San Jose, CA.
  • “Psychedelics and Narratives of Return” at Cultural and Political Perspectives on Psychedelic Science, August 18-19, 2018, California Institute for Integral Studies, San Francisco.
  • “Home Tek 101: cross-kingdom intimacy and the re-domestication of the lab,” on the panel “The Mushroom Multiple” (co-organizer and chair), at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, November 28 – December 2, 2017, Washington, DC.
  • “Psychedelic Naturalism: Psilocybin and the Evolution of Amateur Applied Mycology,” at Psychedelic Science 2017, Oakland, California
  • “Mycoremediation: the making and unmaking of a citizen science,” on the panel “Citizen Science I: Co-Constructing Citizen Science,” at the annual meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), August 30 – September 2, 2017, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • “Unruly innovators: illegal mushroom cultivation, DMT extraction, and homemade pharmaceuticals as comparative cases of outlaw user innovation,” at Biofabbing: Fabrications and Fabulations, November 21,  2016, Geneva, Switzerland.
  • “Wonder and DIY mycology: the affective dimension of a countercultural science.” For presentation at “Wonder and the Natural Word,” a conference hosted by the Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society (CSRES) at Indiana University Bloomington. June 20-23, 2016, Bloomington, Indiana.
  • “Cultivating the future with amateur applied mycologists.” Presented at “Religion, Science and the Future,” a conference sponsored by the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture. January 14-17, 2016, Gainesville, Florida.
  • “Renew our days of old: Neo-Hasidic Americans imagine past and future in Israel.” Presented at “Old Time Religion,” Stanford Graduate Student Conference. May 17-18, 2013, Palo Alto, California.

LANGUAGES

HEBREW: fluent, spoken and written, especially after a glass of wine, which I’ll need after you ask me about my time in Israel. Intensive ulpan at Hebrew University; language exemption exam passed in 2005. 

FRENCH: intermediate, written; beginner-intermediate, spoken. Two quarters of French for Reading course at UCSB. I am forever learning and forgetting French.  

SPANISH: beginner (Mexican Spanish), spoken. 

JAPANESE: was once intermediate-advanced, spoken and written. Two years university study and one year at Fukuoka University in Japan, 2000 – 2001, many years ago now.