Joseph Kimmel

Joseph Kimmel

PhD Candidate
New Testament and Early Christianity
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Joseph's research addresses issues of agency and ontology, particularly in light of contemporary conversations in posthumanism and neo-materialism, and with a specific focus on proper, invoked names: how do onomastic invocations "do" things (e.g., heal, protect, curse)? what do such invocations suggest about nonhuman ontologies and the assemblaged agencies (e.g., human and nonhuman) by which things happen? Joseph's research explores such questions by looking specifically at texts and objects (e.g., amulets) from ancient Mediterranean (especially early Christian) and medieval Tibetan contexts. Before entering the PhD program, Joseph earned an AB in Religious Studies from the University of Chicago, an MA in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College (IL), and an MDiv from Harvard Divinity School.

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