Lauren Horn Griffin, PhD
Instructor, University of Alabama
I earned my Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara (2016), where I served as the Cordano Fellow from 2010-2015. My work uses Catholic identities and digital media as a site from which explore questions about language, communication, and social construction.
My first book looked at how stories of the arrival of Christianity in England were communicated differently through various early modern media, some old (liturgical plays and architecture) and some new (print culture), with a specific focus on how the social reality of the authors and audiences shaped their conceptions of the past. My current project extends her earlier work in media representation and critical theory, but I turns from print to contemporary digital media (particularly journalism and social media). For example, my forthcoming article examines #RadTrads (radical traditionalist Catholics), focusing not only on the technological but also on the rhetorical dimensions of algorithmic culture to think about the creation of identities through digital rhetoric. The RadTrad hashtag signifies not not just a place where religious groups exist or practice, but rather the creation of a new social identity through digital media.