Research Interests: Modern religious thought, especially the intellectual history of Christianity; Continental philosophy of religion; feminist thought; environmental thought; secularism & the postsecular; death and the afterlife.
My research is concerned with the intellectual history of Christianity and the secular afterlives of theological concepts. I am interested in the erasures, endurances, and reinventions of the theological within secular frames of thought. And I am especially interested in how these traces of the theological have influenced the way we think about the natural world, other creatures, our mortal bodies, and the eventual destinies of all these things. My current book project, Creature Feeling: Political Theology and Animal Mortality examines the theological figure of creaturely life. While the term "creature" is often considered a cognate for the term "animal", I look at the way that political theology has also rendered the figure of creaturely life a sign of vulnerability and mortality. I examine the violent legacies in the political theology of creaturely life; how its vulnerabilities have often turned it into a sign of humiliation and a tool for exploitation. And I ask whether it's possible to distill a creature feeling - a gentler, more tender attention to our animal mortality - from creatureliness.