Researcher in religion, ethnographic method, and fitting 16 synthesizers into a 200 sq ft apartment // Masters in Theological Studies // Odd dulcimer enthusiast

Theology, ethnography, and politics.

Jackson Wolford is a a researcher in religion, ethnography, and the ancient art of trying to fit 16 synthesizers into a 215 square foot D.C. apartment. He currently works as a researcher in Washington, D.C., mostly as a contributor to several book projects, including manuscripts on:

  • The history of American Christian political engagement
  • The political theory of theologian Reinhold Niebuhr

He earned—or at least, received—a master’s of Theological Studies from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Prior to that, he graduated from the University of Virginia with focuses on Socio-Cultural Anthropology and Playwriting.

His personal research focuses mostly on the intersection of:

  • the messy, grounded business of the ethnography of religious experience;
  • the messier, often entirely un-grounded business of politics;
  • their intersection in contemporary questions of religious pluralism.

This continues the themes of his master’s thesis, Dramatic Tensions and New Resolutions: Seeking a Plausible Ethnographic Theology, which (God willing) no one will ever read.