Visiting Assistant Professor of Independent College Programs
Donovan Schaefer completed his PhD in Religion at Syracuse University in 2012. He is at Haverford on a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship. He is teaching four courses in Religion between 2012 and 2014: Religion, Sex, and Power; Religion, Emotion, and Global Cinema; Religion, America, and the Science of Life; and Philosophy of Religion. He is the co-founder and current co-chair of the Religion, Affect, and Emotion group at the American Academy of Religion. His work has been published in Hypatia,Anthrozoos, and Theory and Event
- B.A., University of British Columbia
- M.A., Syracuse University
- PhD., Syracuse University
My research focuses on the relationship between religion and emotion in postsecular America. I draw on perspectives from the contemporary American reinterpretation of poststructuralism known as affect theory as well as feminism, evolutionary biology, and continental philosophy.
In my current project, I am exploring the uses of affect theory for religious studies, focusing on theoretical questions surrounding evolutionary biology (and its points of contact with humanistic inquiry), species, globalization, race, and politics. The project is illustrated with a series of case studies drawn from contemporary American religion, film, and literature.
In my upcoming project, I will be introducing affect theory to contemporary American atheism.