Marie W. Dallam is Assistant Professor of American Religion and Culture at the Honors College of the University of Oklahoma. Her research focuses on people and groups that have become religious and cultural outsiders in the United States, whether by choice or by default. This theme acts as a starting point in her research and also gives shape to the courses she teaches. She has published in journals including Studies in Popular Culture and Nova Religio. Her first book, Daddy Grace: A Celebrity Preacher and His House of Prayer (2007) is an intellectual history of the United House of Prayer for All People under its founding bishop. Her forthcoming second book is a co-edited volume titled The Way of Food: Religion, Food, and Eating in North America (2014). Her current research project focuses on Cowboy Churches of Oklahoma and Texas. Dallam is an active member of the American Academy of Religion, presently serving as chairperson of the New Religious Movements Group.