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Joe Coyle

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Contact Information

Department of Anthropology
607 S Mathews Ave.
M/C 148
Urbana, IL 61801
Sociocultural Anthropology

Research Interests

queer anthropology, anthropology of religion, affect studies, Black studies, performance studies, Pentecostalism, Brazil

Research Description

I am a doctoral candidate in Anthropology working at the intersection of the anthropology of religion, queer and trans studies, and affect studies. My research builds upon these fields to analyze the ways the sacred shapes minoritiarian world(un)making, especially in “minor” spaces such as embodiment, friendship, conviviality, imagination and other intimate forms of relationality that are infused with spiritual presence. My dissertation Until I Overflow: Queer Pentecostal Intimacies in an Uncertain Brazil ethnographically examines Pentecostal igrejas inclusivas (inclusive churches) and the everyday intimacies of queer Pentecostal life. It argues that the intersection of queer and Pentecostal is not one of contradistinction but of possibility for imagining otherwise the intimacies and affects that shape minoritarian life.


2024-2025         Graduate College Dissertation Completion Fellowship, University of Illinois

2022                     Love Fellowship, Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies, University of Illinois (also held in 2021)

2021-2022          Humanities Research Institute Graduate Fellowship, Humanities Research Institute, University of Illinois

2020-2021          Holstein Dissertation Fellowship, University of California, Riverside

2020                     Nicholson Graduate Fellowship, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, University of Illinois

2019-2020          Werner Baer Doctoral Fellowship, Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies, University of Illinois

2019-2020          Lemann Graduate Fellowship, Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies, University of Illinois (declined)

2019                     Sarah Pettit Doctoral Fellowship in Lesbian Studies, Yale University

2019-2020          FLAS Fellowship, Portuguese, University of Illinois  (also held in 2018-2017 and 2017-2016)

2013-2014          Public Engagement Grant, University of Illinois