Andrew Walker-Cornetta

Postdoctoral Research Associate

My research takes the history of cognitive disability in the United States as a generative archive for students of religion, one that is dense with questions about sociality and the meanings of human vulnerability.

Andrew Walker-Cornetta is a scholar of American religion whose research focuses on the making and maintenance of human difference, with specific attention to constructions of disability. He is defending his Ph.D. in the Department of Religion at Princeton University in August of 2020. At the Danforth Center on Religion and Politics he will be preparing his first book manuscript, “Spiritual Rehabilitation: Religion and Cognitive Disability in Postwar America.” The project explores changing cultural attitudes surrounding cognitive impairment in the 1950s and the relationship between those changes and mid-century visions of kinship, personhood, and social obligation.

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