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J. Alexander Graf

Fordham Graduate Student J. Alexander Graf

Systematic Theology

Education

B.A., University of St. Thomas (MN), 2014 

M.A.R., Yale Divinity School, 2018.

Biography

Jordan is a first-year doctoral student in Systematic Theology at Fordham University. His research facilitates a queer coterie of atheologians and mystics, critical, feminist, and psychoanalytic practitioners and theorists, performance artists and (extra)canonical Christian thinkers. The thrust of his work means to account for the real of the body—according to Dominic Johnson, its “perverse pleasures, its excesses and its intimate failures”—within theological anthropology, notwithstanding the negativity the determinate nontranscendence of the flesh installs within Christian imaginaries of redemption. Enfleshed in scope and appeal, his approach aims to elaborate afresh what Karl Rahner once called “the eternal significance of the humanity of Jesus for our relationship with God.” His other interests range from examining the ways desire structures theological speech and the identificatory regimes theologies respectively economize, to race, gender, and the logics of sacramental mediation.