Max is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and the Visiting Instructor Professor of Religious Studies at Kenyon College for the 2023-2024 academic year. His research focuses on Islamic material and visual culture, embodiment, and emotions. His dissertation examines Halal consumption in Philadelphia using a combination of ethnographic and digital humanistic methods in order to understand how Islamic traditions, racialization, and the contingencies of urban life give halal consumer goods their purchase.