Andrew Coates, Ph.D.
Instructor of Religious Studies
Andrew T. Coates specializes in American Religions, visual and material culture, and theories of religion. He earned his PhD from Duke in 2016. He regularly teaches classes such as Religion in American Life, Religion and Film, and other courses about religion and American (popular) culture.
His first book, What is Protestant Art? (Brill, 2018) offered theoretical frameworks for the study of Protestant images from the Reformation to the twenty-first century. His forthcoming book, The Senses of Fundamentalism, explores how American fundamentalists at the turn of the twentieth century understood the role of bodily sensations in their religion. The book uses cartoons, Bible charts, phonograph records, promotional postcards, and spiritual warfare manuals as evidence for the ways fundamentalism registered on people’s bodies. He is currently working on a project about Harry Houdini and the material culture of ghosts and hauntings.