Nathan Jumper

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Nathan Jumper

Area of Focus: Religion and Culture


M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary, 2016
M.M., Temple University, 2010 (dual master’s degree)
B.S./B.A., Cairn University, 2006 (dual bachelor’s degree)

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of technology
  • Materialism and mind
  • Psychotropic drugs and experience
  • Parapsychosomatic practices
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Pornography studies

Professional Biography

My developing project concerns the way psychotropic drugs and para-psychosomatic practices intersect with religious and scientific orthodoxies. I am interested in the ontological status of these substances and practices as well as the political implications of the forms of embodiment they facilitate. I am also interested in the technological, which is to say, the nonhuman, production of desire. Here I have focused my attention on the question of pornography, and most recently the aesthetics of live webcams. This is situated within a broader philosophical question regarding the historical specificity of our current posthuman, or media prosthetic, condition.


“Oscar Micheaux’s Within Our Gates: Emergent History and a Gospel of Middle-Class Liberation.” The Bible In Motion: A Handbook of Biblical Reception in Film, De Gruyter Press, 2016.


Stephens Family Fund for Graduate Student Excellence in the Humanities, Fine Arts, and Social Sciences, 2019

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship (Finalist) UNC Chapel Hill, 2017

Archibald Alexander Hodge Award in Systematic Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2015

Edwin B. Garringues Scholarship, Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University, 2009