Desert Humanities Initiative Director Jason Bruner is an associate professor of Religious Studies in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies. While his graduate training was in the history of Christianity in the modern era, his work over the past several years has become increasingly collaborative and interdisciplinary. He has contributed to collaborative research in the areas of comparative genocide and global health, and he has recently begun work on a documentary project on urban farmers in the metro-Phoenix area. His scholarly books include: "Living Salvation in the East African Revival in Uganda," (University of Rochester Press, 2018); "Imagining Persecution: Why American Christians Believe There is a Global War against Their Faith," (Rutgers University Press, 2021); "How to Study Global Christianity," (Palgrave MacMillan, 2022); and, co-edited with David C. Kirkpatrick, "Global Visions of Violence: Agency and Persecution in World Christianity," (Rutgers University Press, 2022). He has co-authored photo and art books, including "Sonoran Water," (2021, with David Blakeman), "Body of the Earth," (2022, with Keeley Bruner), and "Dreaming along the Laurel," (2022, with Keeley Bruner). His photography and creative work has been published in River Teeth, Slag Glass City, and the Oxford American.