A.T. Coates, PhD Candidate in the Duke University Graduate Program in Religion.
I study the history of religions in America, specializing in conservative Christian visual culture in the early 20th century. My advisor is David Morgan, author of Protestants and Pictures, Visual Piety, and The Embodied Eye (among others). I have worked as an editorial assistant at Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art, and Belief. I’m also a contributor to the Religion Bulletin blog and Yale’s MAVCOR project. You can contact me by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m part of a growing number of scholars committed to materializing the study of religion. I spend most of my time looking at dispensationalist prophecy charts, reading about gramophones, and trying to understand what the “spiritual sense” was. I’m writing a dissertation called Fundamentalist Aesthetics.
My research focuses on the sensations, materialities, media, and technologies that we end up studying as religion. My dissertation looks at the objects, pictures, and sensing bodies that allowed something called “fundamentalism” to emerge in America during the early twentieth century. I am also interested in Christian Zionism, particularly Protestant fundamentalists’ representations of Jewish people, “the Jews,” and Judaism. I have taught or served as a TA for courses in American religious history and religious studies theory.