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Catherine (CJ) McCrary

Doctoral Student


  • University of Virginia - PhD Religious Studies (in progress)
  • Boston University - MTS
  • Liberty University - BA Philosophy of Religion

Research Interests

Horror media; Christian aesthetics; Medieval asceticism; The problem of suffering; Theologies of the cross; Torture; Affect theory; Phenomenology of religion


  • "Behind the Veil: Mysticism and the Reply to Hiddenness in the Work of Travis Dumsday" in Quaerens Deum: The Liberty Undergraduate Journal for Philosophy of Religion 3, no. 1 (2017).


  • Jonathan Edwards Award (highest GPA in the graduating Philosophy Department cohort) - May 2017


  • Dean's Fellow,  School of Theology (Boston University), Aug. 2017 - May 2019

Conference Papers

  • "'A Small Piece of Flesh Between Us and the Blade': Survival Horror Video Games and the Male Gothic Form." Presented at the International Gothic Association Conference, Romeoville, IL, Aug. 1, 2019.
  • "Michael Myers and the Erotics of Loss: Gothic Familial Dysfunction in the 20th Century Imagination." Presented at the International Gothic Association Conference, Manchester, U.K., Aug. 2, 2018.

Academic Service

  • Vice President, Tau Sigma Honor Society at Liberty University, May 2016 - May 2017