Jon, a PhD student in the Department of American Studies, is interested in power, body practices, and identity in American popular religious movements. His dissertation research is an ethnographic study of the disciplining of gay and Christian identity in the Gay Christian movement in the Midwest. Jon also teaches in the Humanities and Western Civilization Program here at KU. Before coming to KU, Jon completed an MA in Cultural Anthropology with a thesis on the practice of Holy Spirit possession as a strategy of identity formation and community maintenance in Pentecostal communities.
In his free time, Jon enjoys spending time with his wife and his dog, running, baking unhealthy things, and playing in his tiny garden.