Jeremy Hamilton-Arnold is a Master of Arts in Religion candidate at Yale Divinity School and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music with a concentration in Visual Art and Material Culture. Prior to Yale, Jeremy earned an M.A. in Art and Religion from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. His scholarship explores how stresses of, and desires for, modernity influence bodies—especially religious bodies—as they construct and maintain social identities through image-building, material-handling, and spatial-navigation. Jeremy plans to continue into doctoral work in 2016. Current research projects include: reading celebrity and race in a print of the 18th-century Mohegan minister, Samson Occom; the American Indian Movement’s 1970 occupation and re-signification of Mount Rushmore; the spectacle of terror at the “defunct” Eastern State Penitentiary’s annual haunted house event; and the perception of light at a James Turrell-designed Quaker meeting house.
Research Interests: material religion, civil religion, spatial practice, cultural appropriation, spectacle, art, National Parks