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. He earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Religion at Princeton University with a Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies in 2020. His first book project, Spiritual Rehabilitation: Religion and Cognitive Disability in Postwar America, examines the moral construction of cognitive impairment and its relationship to broader questions about social reproduction, kinship, and what it means to be human. He is an Emerging Scholar at Indiana University’s Center for Religion and the Human’s Summer Institute and has received multiple other awards including Princeton University’s Department of Religion’s Teaching Award; a Laurance S. Rockefeller Graduate Prize Fellowship from Princeton’s University Center for Human Values; and a dissertation fellowship from the Louisville Institute.

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