digital humanities, critical bibliography, history of the book, periodicals, 19th Century American Literature, American religious history
I am interested in the intersection of American religious history, fundamentalism, media and technology as limit cases for the engagement between religion and culture.
I am a historian of American religious history and nineteenth-century United States history, often working with computational and spatial methods. I am an associate professor in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University, where I teach digital history, American religious history, and the nineteenth-century United States. I am also affiliated faculty at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media.
Dr. Borchert is a Lecturer in the Religious Studies Department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro having received his PhD from Syracuse University in 2021. He is interested in how religious practices and media technologies intersect across American religious histories, particularly their impact on embodiment and death. He teaches on American religion, religion and embodiment, death, Christianities, and religion and media/technology. John is Co-Chair of the Religion and Media Workshop of the American Academy of Religion, and serves on the board of the gamevironments, the only journal on religion and video gaming. You can follow him on Twitter @JohnWBorchert
Early American literature, comparative colonial studies, history of the book, religious poetry, hemispheric and transatlantic studies.
Material histories of religion, emphasizing the work of people in and on the world, stemming from American history and culture through the networks of resource extraction to oceanic spaces and the dark of coal mines. Comparative studies of religion and globalization embedded in those networks, influencing and influenced by the relentless frames of capitalism and “civilization.”
I am a historian of U.S. religious and cultural history, focusing primarily on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Adjunct Instructor, University of Mobile
I research the afterlives of Christian/Gnostic Apocrypha in American religion, culture and beyond. The Kingdom is Within You: The Lost Gospels and Post-Christianity in America under contract with UVA.