Fields: Religion | Disability | Mad Studies
BA McGill University, Religious Studies & History; MA University at Albany, History & Media
My dissertation examines the cultural construction of the co-identification of new religious movements (NRMs) and insanity. My primary focus is new religions in the United States and Jamaica over the nineteenth century and early twentieth century. Through a comparative transnational approach that examines new Afro- and Euro-Christian traditions, I seek to examine how fringe religiosity during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was perceived and reinforced as madness.