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Image religious culture journal fires founder Gregory Wolfe, cites accusations

My article “Image religious culture journal fires founder Gregory Wolfe, cites accusations” appears in National Catholic Reporter.

Collection tells early American religious history (NCR)

My article “Collection tells early American religious history,” about the National Museum of American History’s exhibit “Religion in Early America,” appears in National Catholic Reporter.

(Sojourners) Iowa is Known for Its Politics, But What About Religious Diversity?

My article “Iowa is Known for Its Politics, But What About Religious Diversity?” appears in Sojourners magazine.

(Harper’s Bazaar Art) An Unfinished Performance

My article, “An unfinished performance,” about the challenges facing the burgeoning performance arts scene in the Middle East, appears in the fall 2016 issue of Harper’s Bazaar Art.

Interview with Saudi artist Ahmed Mater (The Guardian)

I appear — albeit without granting permission — in the Guardian’s video about Saudi artist Ahmed Mater. I first surface c. the 2:48 mark; at c. 3:34, the artist laughs at my question about whether there’s a Trump hotel in Mecca; and at 3:55 and 4:47, I ask two more questions (apparently, I asked too […]

(NCR) An insider and an outsider

My article “An insider and an outsider,” about an exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, appears in National Catholic Reporter.

(Smithsonian) “A Changing Mecca Is the Focus of the First U.S. Exhibition to Feature a Saudi Artist”

My latest article “A Changing Mecca Is the Focus of the First U.S. Exhibition to Feature a Saudi Artist” appears in Smithsonian magazine.

Iranian Exile Shirin Neshat’s New Exhibit Expresses the Power of Art to Shape Political Discourse

My article “Iranian Exile Shirin Neshat’s New Exhibit Expresses the Power of Art to Shape Political Discourse” appears in Smithsonian Magazine.

Interview on podcast of Saint Louis University’s Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA)

I was interviewed on MOCRA Voices, the podcast of Saint Louis University’s Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA). Here’s the museum’s description: MOCRA assistant director David Brinker speaks with journalist and author Menachem Wecker about a wide range of topics, including how he identifies and researches topics for reporting, the role social media is playing in […]

An Eccentric Archaeologist Who Drew a Line in the Sand

A German Jewish Iranologist, who lost his University of Berlin post in 1935 after officially declaring that his grandparents were Jewish, is one of several focuses of an exhibit about Asian travel at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C. “The Traveler’s Eye: Scenes of Asia” is on view through May 31. Ernst Herzfeld […]

  • Selected articles

    Bobby Fischer gravestone "Searching for Fischer’s Legacy." Chess Life magazine. March 2018. (PDF file).

    Confederate monuments "Confederate Monuments and the Power of Absence." Religion & Politics. Oct. 2017.

    Jules Olitski star "A Memorial That Knows Its Biblical History." Wall St. Journal. Sept. 22, 2017.

    CIA art collection "Infiltrating the CIA’s Secret Art Collection." Playboy. Jan./Feb. 2017.
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