Alissa is a staff writer and critic at, where she covers film and culture, and an associate professor of English and humanities at The King's College in New York City, where she teaches courses on criticism and cultural theory. She often writes at the intersection of popular culture, religion, and intellectual history.

Until September 2016, she was the critic at large at Christianity Today. Since 2005, she's regularly contributed essays, features, and criticism on film, TV, books, art, theatre, and more to a number of publications, including Rolling Stone, Vulture,, Pacific Standard, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Books & Culture, and others. I've been a guest commentator on a host of radio and TV programs and podcasts, including BBC America's Talking Movies, NPR's On Point, AMC's James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction, WNYC's The Takeaway, ABC's Religion & Ethics and The Drum, Mars Hill Audio Journal, and many more.

Her book How to Survive the Apocalypse: Zombies, Cylons, and Politics at the End of the World, co-written with Robert Joustra, was published by Eerdmans in May 2016.

She earned an M.F.A in creative nonfiction from Seattle Pacific University, a M.A. in humanities and social thought from New York University, and a B.S. in information technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.