Christopher R. Brewer (Co-Editor) is a final-year PhD Candidate in the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts, St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews, as well as an adjunct instructor for Cornerstone University and the founder and director of Gospel through Shared Experience. Before coming to St Andrews, Christopher was Marketing Manager, Merchandising for Universal Forest Products, Inc., a Fortune 1000 company based in Grand Rapids, MI. During this time, he curated a growing art collection at Calvary Baptist Church, Grand Rapids, MI, and collaborated with Brooklyn-based artist Alfonse Borysewicz on a number of exhibitions. His first book, Art that Tells the Story, was recognized as one of Hearts & Minds Best Books of 2011. He recently completed an essay on William Desmond’s donation to a natural theology of the arts for an edited volume to be published in 2015 by University of Notre Dame Press, and is now writing his first monograph, Understanding Natural Theology (Zondervan Academic, due 2018). He is also working on two volumes of David Brown’s collected essays with co-editor Robert MacSwain, as well as a critical edition of Howard E. Root’s previously unpublished 1972 Bampton Lectures, “The Limits of Radicalism.”
Denny Kinlaw (Co-Editor) is currently studying for his PhD in the Institute of Theology, Imagination and the Arts, St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews. Before coming to St Andrews, Denny conducted research for Kirk Documentary Group in Boston, MA, producing documentary films for PBS FRONTLINE. He received his BA in English from Harvard University. His interests currently include American Literature and the intersection of literary theory and theology in the work of David Foster Wallace.
Caitlin Washburn (Guest Contributions Editor) is currently working towards her PhD in the Institute for Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at the University of St Andrews. Her research is focused on the role of the imagination in the interpretation and reception of the Bible. In her free time, she can most likely be found strumming on her guitar.
Dr Gavin Hopps (ITIA Director, ex officio Editor) is Lecturer in Literature & Theology and Director of the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts at the University of St Andrews. He has been involved in ITIA since he came to St Andrews as an RCUK Academic Fellow in 2006. Prior to this, he was a Lecturer in English at the universities of Aachen, Oxford and Canterbury Christ Church and a CRASSH Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge. His research is broadly concerned with theology and the arts, with a particular focus on Romantic literature and contemporary British popular music, though he is also interested in the relationship between theology and modalities of lightness (such as comedy, camp, leisure and play). He has published numerous articles on Romantic writing, a collection of essays on the spectral, the spiritual and the supernatural in Byron, a co-edited collection on Romanticism and Religion, and a monograph on the singer-songwriter Morrissey. He is currently working with Dr Jane Stabler in the School of English on a new edition of the complete poetic works of Byron, a volume in the New Directions in Religion and Literature series, a monograph on the levity of Byron’s Don Juan, and another on popular music and radical wonder, entitled The Kitsch Epiphany.
Timothy Allen and his family reside in St. Andrews, Scotland where he is writing his PhD dissertation under the supervision of David Brown in the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts. Timothy’s research focuses on the dialogue between theology and popular culture; more precisely, on the role of the imagination in theological constructions of the doctrine of heaven.
Jon Greenaway is a first year PhD student at the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies. His thesis is an examination of the relationship between theologies of evil and cultural discourses and Gothic literature that deals with presentations of the monstrous. Before commencing his PhD he gained his BA in English studies and a Masters degree in ‘The Gothic Imagination’ from Stirling University. He has published papers on a range of topics including Trauma in the 19th century novel and the works of Jacques Derrida in relation to modern American TV. His research interests include critical theory, the Gothic, monster theory and the intersection between systematic theology and wider culture.