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Graduate Teaching Fellow

Office: 307 Bynum Hall
Office Hours: Wednesdays 12:30-1:30PM & Thursdays 2-3PM





B.A., English Language and Literature, Calvin University
M.A., Organizational Rhetoric, Purdue University
M.A., Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary


Elaine studies how Christian organizations in the United States create religious identity through discourse and materiality. She is particularly interested in the ways Christian language—or language about American Christianity—produces sociopolitical effects. Her dissertation project examines Christian place-making in the United States through interviews with people who design, lead, and leave Christian churches. The project centers on the following question: what does it mean for a space or building to be called a church and what are the effects of those constructions?