Rachel McBride Lindsey is a historian of American religion and culture in the Department of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University. Her research and teaching focus on religion in the United States with primary expertise in visual and material cultures of religion, race, and nation. Her first book, A Communion of Shadows: Religion and Photography in Nineteenth-Century America, is the first monograph to investigate the influence of commonplace photographs in American religion in the first decades of the medium. She is co-director of Lived Religion in the Digital Age, a multidisciplinary research initiative supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, and is currently writing a cultural history of religion in St. Louis.
In these panels and throughout his work, Tracy instantiates a tension between violence and redemption as he conscripts objects and places—material objects and physical places—into his aesthetic theology of the borderlands.