Modern earned his bachelor's in religion from Princeton University in 1993, his master's in comparative religion from Miami University of Ohio (1996) and his Ph.D. in religious studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2003.
Modern teaches classes in American religious history, literature, technology, and aesthetics. His work has appeared in Method & Theory in the Study of Religion, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Church History, and Religion. He is the author of The Bop Apocalypse: The Religious Visions of Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Burroughs (University of Illinois Press, 2001) and Secularism in Antebellum America (University of Chicago Press, 2011). Modern's research has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council.
Modern is an editor-at-large for The Immanent Frame and curator (with Kathryn Lofton) of Frequencies: A Collaborative Genealogy of Spirituality. [freq.uenci.es]. His current project, funded by the Social Science Research Council's New Directions is the Study of Prayer initiative, is entitled Prayer Machines: Cases Studies in a Secular Age.
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