Travis Warren Cooper, Ph.D.

Lecturer, Butler University, International Studies

Research Fellow, Lived Religion in the Digital Age ǀ ǀ 417.569.4925


Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. Anthropology, Indiana University – Bloomington (September 2018)

Ph.D. Religious Studies, Indiana University – Bloomington (September 2018)

M.A. Religious Studies, Missouri State University (May 2011)

Dissertation and book project: The Digital Evangelicals: Contesting Authority and Authenticity after the New Media Turn. Under exclusive review with Indiana University Press. Advisors: Anya Royce, Candy Gunther Brown, Daniel Suslak, and Stephen Selka.


Objectivity Discourse, the Protestant Secular, and the Decolonization of Religious Studies.” Method and Theory in the Study of Religion (2019). doi:10.1163/15700682-12341463.

The Uncanniness of Missionary Others: A Discursive Analysis of a Century of Anthropological Writings on Missionary Ethnographers.” Religion & Society: Advances in Research 9 (2018): 68-85.

Taxonomy Construction and the Normative Turn in Religious Studies.” Religions 8 (2017): 1-15.

Emerging, Emergent, Emergence: Boundary Maintenance, Definition Construction, and Legitimation Strategies in the Establishment of a Post-Evangelical Subculture.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 56.2 (2017): 398-417.

Religion and Violence in Jesse James Films, 1972–2010.” Journal of Religion & Film 21.1 (2017): 1-41.

Benny Hinn’s Media Empire: Image and Presence in Global Televangelism,” Symposia 6 (2014): 1-14.

“‘Cooking with Gordon’: Food, Health, and the Elasticity of Evangelical Gender Roles (and Belt Sizes) on the 700 Club,” Religion & Gender 3.1 (2013): 108-124.

Marjoe Gortner, Imposter Revivalist: Toward a Cognitive Theory of Religious Misbehavior,” PentecoStudies 12.1 (2013): 83-105.


"How to Edit a Building: Fieldnotes from the North American Brasilia." Urbanities 9:2: 52-65. 

Boutique Industrial Capitalism from Goop to Kinfolk Magazine: A Reply to Dana Logan.” Bulletin for 
Study of Religion 47:3-4 (2018): 7-13.

“On the Uses of ‘Data,’” Bulletin for the Study of Religion 43.1 (2014): 37-39 [with James Dennis Lorusso, Ian Brown, Tenzan Eaghll, Karen de Vries, Eoin O’Mahony, Kelly Baker, Kenneth Mackendrick, and Kate Daley-Bailey].

“Objects and the Shaping of Assemblies of God Identity,” Heritage 33 (2013): 54-61.


“Embodiment/Body.” The Brill Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism (2020, forthcoming).

Worship  Rituals,  Discipline,  and  Pentecostal-Charismatic  Techniques  du  Corps  in  the  American Midwest.” Pages 77-101 in Pentecostals and the Body, Michael Wilkinson and Peter Althouse, eds. Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion, vol. 8 (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2017).


Amanda  Porterfield,  Darren  Grem,  and  John  Corrigan,  eds.,  The  Business  Turn  in  American 
 Religious History
(New York: Oxford University Press, 2017), Religion (2019, forthcoming).

Benjamin T. Lynerd, Republican Theology: The Civil Religion of American Evangelicals (New York: 
Oxford University Press, 2014), Religion (2019, forthcoming).

Russell  T.  McCutcheon, Entanglements:  Marking  Place  in  the  Field  of  Religion (Bristol, CT:  Equinox Publishing LTD., 2014), Religion 47:2 (2017): 298-301.

Greg Garrett, Entertaining Judgment: The Afterlife in Popular Imagination (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015), The American Academy of Religion: Reading Religion (2016).

Torkel Brekke, Fundamentalism: Prophecy  and Protest in  an Age  of Globalization  (Cambridge University Press, 2012), Religion 44:4 (2014): 706-708.

Thomas A. Robinson and Lanette D. Ruff, Out of the Mouths of Babes: Girl Evangelists in the Flapper 
(New York: Oxford University Press, 2012), Religion & Gender 4:1 (2014): 86-89.

Elisha  Omri,  Moral  Ambition:  Mobilization  and  Social  Outreach  in  Evangelical  Megachurches (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011), Religion 43:3 (2013): 442-446.

Candy  Gunther Brown,  ed.,  Global  Pentecostal  and Charismatic  Healing  (New  York:  Oxford  
University Press, 2011), Religion 42:2 (2012): 341-344.


Terrence Malick’s Architecture of the Domestic.” Flow Journal 26:3 (2019). 

Henry Moore’s Large Arch or Godzilla’s Leg-Bone?” Culture on the Edge (2019). 

The Strange Rites of Celebrity.” Sapiens: Anthropology / Everything Human (2019).

Theses  on  Method:  New  Media,  Social  Technologies,  and  the  Anthropology  of  Digital Worlds.”anthro{dendum} (2019).

Normativity Reconsidered.” [A Response to Thomas A. Lewis’s Why Philosophy Matters for the Study 
Religion & Vice Versa.] Syndicate (2018).

How to Resist Christian Hegemony: Reflections on the #RAAC2017 Biennial.” Bulletin for the Study of Religion (2017).

Against Freedom: A Response to Finbarr Curtis.” The Religious Studies Project (2017).

New Media (and) Ritual.” Studying Religion in Culture: Ongoing Discussions at the University of 

The Normative Turn and its Discontents.” Bulletin for the Study of Religion (2016).

Media Ideologies, Contested Authenticities, and Socality Barbie.” Bulletin for the Study of Religion (2016). Republished on the University of Chicago Divinity School and Martin Marty Center’s Religion and Culture Web Forum (2016).

Interpreting Purity: Thoughts on Viewing Controversial Portraiture.” Invited response essay for the David Magnusson “Purity” gallery, February 6-March 28, Pictura Art Gallery (2015).

Bourgeoisie Bohemians, Hipsters, and Social Order.” Bulletin for the Study of Religion (2014).

Theory & Religion Series: Reflections on Fieldwork in Morocco by Paul Rabinow.” Bulletin for the Study of Religion (2014).

A Quasi-Caricatured Taxonomy of Religious Studies Instructors.” Bulletin for the Study of Religion (2014).

The Invention of the Emerging Church Movement.” The Religious Studies Project (2014).

“‘Anxiety-Laden’ Rituals and Competitive Rites of Passage: Publishing at the Graduate Student Level in Anthropology” (with Mirshad Ghalip). Socioculture Theory in Anthropology, Indiana University (2014).

ePrayer and Online Prayer Rituals.” Reverberations: New Directions in the Study of Prayer – Social Science Research Council (2013).

Evangelical Tastes, Gray Matters, and (a) Shifting Habitus.” Bulletin for the Study of Religion (2013).

Stereotypes  and  Dangerous  Rituals:  A  Reflection  on  the  Academic  Study  of Serpent Handling.” The Religious Studies Project (2013).

Serpents, Novelty, and Academic Fetish.” Bulletin for the Study of Religion (2013).


Butler University, Indianapolis (Lecturer, International Studies):

“Introduction to International Studies” (Spring 2018).

“Understanding Global Issues” (Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019).

“The United Nations and Other International Organizations” (Fall 2017).

Indiana University – Bloomington (Full Instructor, Global Studies LLC):

“Religion and Film in Global Perspective” (Fall 2016).

Indiana University – Bloomington (Full Instructor, Religious Studies):

“New Media and Digital Religion” (2016).
“Religion, Ethics, and the Public Sphere” (2016).
“Religion and Popular Culture” (2015)
“Introduction to Religion (and Religious Studies)” (2015).

Indiana University – Bloomington (Associate Instructor, Religious Studies):

“Introduction to Buddhism” (2013, 2014, 2015).
“Introduction to Religion” (2014).
“Pleasure, Pain, and Peak Oil” (2013).
“Sickness and Health” (2012).

Missouri State University (Graduate Assistant, Religious Studies):

“Religion in America” (2008, 2009, 2010).
“Religion in Society” (2009).


St. Louis University Department of Theological Studies, Lived Religion in the Digital Age, Research fellow and grant recipient (2018 – 2019).

University of Alabama Department of Religious Studies. American Examples workshop participant, lodging and travel expenses covered (March 2019).

Universitair Centrum Sint Ignatius Antwerpen (UCSIA), Summer Seminar Fellow, housing allowance and partial travel expenses covered (August 2017).

Universitair Centrum Sint Ignatius Antwerpen (UCSIA), Travel Award, 300.00 Euros (August 2017).

Graduate College (Indiana U.), College of Arts and Sciences Travel Award, 400.00 USD (Fall 2016).

Graduate College (Indiana U.), College of Arts and Sciences Travel Award, 500.00 USD (Spring 2016).

Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, Summer Seminar Fellow, housing allowance and travels
expenses covered (June 2014).

Indiana University Religious Studies Department, Student Academic Appointment: Associate Instructorship, full tuition waiver and stipend (2012 – 2016).

Indiana University Religious Studies Department, College Graduate Fellowship, full tuition waiver and stipend (2011 – 2012).

Missouri State University Religious Studies Department, Graduate Assistantship, full tuition waiver and stipend (2008 – 2010).

Theta Alpha Kappa: National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology, Inductee (2008 – present).

Alpha Chi: National College Honor Society, Inductee (2008 – present).

Evangel University, “Outstanding Intercultural Studies Graduate” (2008).


University of Alabama Department of Religious Studies. American Examples workshop. Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Paper: “Spatial Hierarchy and Religious Distinction in an American Architectural Mecca” (2019).

University of Antwerp, UCSIA. Antwerp, Belgium. Paper: “The Varieties of Evangelical Neoliberalism in the Post-Industrial, Digital Era” (2017).

Indiana University Department of Religious Studies. “Presence and Absence” graduate conference. Paper:
“Discourses of Presence and Absence in Evangelical Media Ideologies” (2017).

American Academy of Religion. San Antonio, Texas. Religion and Popular Culture panel: “Beyond Pop Culture as Text: Rethinking Religion and Pop Culture.” Paper: “Religious Studies, Celebrities, and the Pervasive Popular (with Continual Reference to Jesse Eisenberg)” (2016).

University of Chicago Divinity School. Chicago, Illinois. An Inter- disciplinary Graduate Student Conference: “Religion and Movement.” Keynote Speaker: Thomas Tweed. Paper: “Competitive Travelers, Imperialist Agents: Anthropological Discourse on Missionary Ethnographers, 1900 – 2010” (2016).

Media, Gender & Religion Conference. Boulder, Colorado. Paper: “From Failed Bra-Burnings to Social Networking Strategies: Feminism, Dress, and the Modesty Debates in the Progressive Evangelical
Blogosphere, 2012-2014” (2016).

American Academy of Religion. Atlanta, Georgia. Philosophy of Religion panel: “Description, Prescription, and Value in the Study of Religion.” Paper: “Valuable Categories, Evaluative Taxonomies: Re-Reading Functionalist and Structuralist Classification Paradigms after Jonathan Z. Smith” (2015).

Indiana University – Department of Anthropology. Graduate Student Association Symposium: “Digital Communication, Collaboration, and Innovation.” Paper: “Digital Evangelicals, Religio-Social Networks,
and the Challenge of Digital Ethnography” (2015).

Indiana Association of Historians. Anderson, Indiana, 34th Annual Meeting: “Conflict and Transformation.” Paper: “Innovation, Populism, and the Conflict of Authority in American Protestantism: The Case of the Emerging Church Movement” (2014).

University of California Santa Barbara – Department of Religious Studies. “Personhood, Place, & Possession: Embodiment & Emplace-ment in Special Contexts” graduate conference. Paper: “Contested Ecstasies: Body, Experience, and Self in Expressive Worship Rituals” (2013).

University of Toronto – Department for the Study of Religion. “Media fever! Religion as Mediation” graduate conference. Paper: “Benny Hinn’s Media Empire: Image and Presence in Global Televangelism” (2013).

Harvard University Divinity School. “Ways of Knowing” graduate conference. Paper: “Between Knowing and Feeling: The Subjective Construction of Pentecostal Experience” (2012).

Indiana University Department of Religious Studies. “On Religion: Definition, Delimitation, and Application” graduate conference. Paper: “Religion, Science, and Glossolalia: Interpreting (Academic) Tongues-Speaking” (2012).

(Midwest) American Academy of Religion. Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, 2011. Paper: “Weak, Vulnerable, Pleasurable Bodies: An Investigation of Evangelical Discourses on Sexuality through the
Popular Every Man Series on Sexual Integrity” (2011).

(Midwest) American Academy of Religion. Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois. Paper: “The Contentious Body: An Ethnographic Study of Pentecostal-Charismatic Worship” (2010).

Missouri State University. Springfield, Missouri. Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum. Paper: “A Tale of Two Churches: Walmartization, Cultural Accommodation, and Modernization in Two Ozarks Area Megachurches” (2010).


“Evangelicals and Changing American Foodways” (IU: Food & Rel.) (2014).
“How to Be an Anthropologist” (IU: Rel. & Pop. Culture) (2014).
“On Urban Resilience” (IU: Pleasure, Pain, and Peak Oil) (2013).
“Religion & Violence in Jesse James Films” (IU: Rel. & the Am. West) (2013).
“A Brief History of American Medicine” (IU: Sickness & Health) (2012).
“Secularism and the Secular” (MSU: Religion in Society) (2009).
“Religion and Civil Rights in America” (MSU: Rel. in America) (2008).


Editorial Assistant, Journal of the American Academy of Religion (2017 – 2018).

Organizer, Article Roundtable. In reply to Dana Logan’s “The Lean Closet: Asceticism in Post-Industrial Consumer Culture” (JAAR 2017). Special 2019 Issue of The Bulletin for the Study of Religion 47.3-4.

External Article Reviewer, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion (2018).

External Article Reviewer, Journal of Religion & Film (2017).

Co-Organizer, Graduate Student Conference. “Religion, Conflict, & Boundary Maintenance.” Indiana
University Religious Studies Department (2015).

Interview Respondent. The Religious Studies Project (2013 – present).

Faculty Mentor Award Committee and Application Reviewer. Graduate and Professional Student
Government (2013)

Contributing Academic Blogger. The Bulletin for the Study of Religion (2013 – present).

External Article Reviewer, Religion & Gender (2013, 2017).

Graduate Sustainability Committee Member. Graduate and Professional Student Government (2012 –


Department Representative, Religious Studies. Indiana University Graduate and Professional Student
Government (2011 – 2013).


Graduate Diversity Committee Member. Graduate and Professional Student Government (2011 – 2013).

Panel Chair. “Mediation and Representation: Religion, Art, and Society.” Harvard Divinity School’s “Way
of Knowing” graduate conference (2012).

Panel Chair. “Interdisciplinarity and Universality.” Indiana University’s “On Religion: Definition,
Delimitation, and Application” graduate conference (2012).


Research Consultant. Mark Hicks, Detroit News, November 23, 2018. “2 Wayne Co. churches transform
old houses of worship to serve the community.”


Freelance Ethnographic Audio Transcription (2017).
Independent Research Consulting (2015 – 2017).
Podcast Transcription, The Religious Studies Project (2014).
Volunteer, Bloomington Community Kitchen (2012 – 2017).


American Academy of Religion
Society for the Anthropology of Religion
Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
American Anthropological Association


Spanish: Limited reading and research proficiency.
French: Limited reading and research proficiency.
(Ancient) Hebrew: Limited research proficiency.



global Christian movements; religion in the Americas; digital media; religion and media; religion and
popular culture; religion and film; gender and the body; globalization; international studies; architecture
and the built environment; anthropology of religion; method and theory in the study of religion