Blair Wilner

MA 2018


  • M.A., University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA), Religious Studies, expected December 2017
  • M.T.S., Duke University Divinity School (Durham, NC), summa cum laude, May 2015 Thesis: “Unacknowledged Human Souls: A Theological Essay on Race, Skepticism and Judgmen.” Advisors: Willie Jennings and Sarah Beckwith
  • B.A., Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, VA), Biblical Studies, summa cum laude, June 2013 Thesis: “Christ Our Passover is Sacrificed for Us: The Eucharist and Crucifixion Through the Lens of the Passover”

Research Interests

My research in Christian philosophical theology examines the intersections between conceptions of human bodies, the natural world, and language, especially as these subjects relate to theological anthropology and theologies of creation. Other interests and methodologies include ordinary language philosophy (especially Wittgenstein and Stanley Cavell), philosophy of nature, critical race and gender studies, cultural geography, postcolonial theory, political theology, and religious epistemologies.


  • Skinner Scholarship, University of Virginia, 2016-2017
  • Dean’s List, Eastern Mennonite University: Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013
  • Haverim Alumni Association Scholarship, Eastern Mennonite University, Spring 2013
  • Eastern Mennonite University Haverim Writing Award, “Nonviolence without Metaphysics,” Spring 2013

Conference Presentations

  • Blair Wilner and Taylor Ross, “The Body as Veil: Recognizing Divinity, Recognizing Humanity,” Duke Graduate Conference of Theology: Embodiment and Christian Practice, September 30-October 1, 2016

Other Academic/Conference Participation & University Service

  • Theology, Ethics, and Culture Graduate Student Forum, University of Virginia
  • Young Scholars Workshop 2016, Duke Center for Philosophy, Arts, and Literature, Invited Participant, February 25-26, 2016
  • 38th International Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria, August 9-15, 2015
  • 7th Ludwig Wittgenstein Summer School: Wittgenstein on Following a Rule, taught by Cora Diamond and James Conant, Kirchberg Am Wechsel, Austria, August 5-8, 2015
  • Hannah Arendt Reading Group, led by Toril Moi, Duke University, Spring 2015
  • Writing Is Thinking Workshop with Verlyn Klinkenborg, Duke Center for Philosophy, Arts, and Literature, March 19-20, 2015
  • Grammatical Stirrings: Reading Cavell’s The Claim of Reason—Threads of the Inner and Outer, a workshop with Richard Fleming, Duke Center for Philosophy, Arts, and Literature, March 21, 2014
  • Old Testament Professor Search Committee, Eastern Mennonite University and Seminary, Fall 2012-Spring 2013
  • Engaging in a Global World: Interfaith Dialogue Panel, Moderator, Eastern Mennonite University, November 15, 2012

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Anabaptist-Mennonite Scholars Network

Research Languages

  • German (in progress)
  • Spanish (reading proficiency)

Blair Wilner

Doctoral Student