Jacob Barrett

Jacob Barrett

Degree Program: MA

Graduation Year: 2022

Advisor: Russell T. McCutcheon


Jacob is originally from Colorado Springs, CO and completed his BA in philosophy & religion from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2020. He successfully completed the religion in culture MA program at The University of Alabama in 2022 and is pursuing a PhD from the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interests are grounded in questions about religion and governance, law, and the state through contemporary examples from American politics. More specifically, he looks at issues of religious freedom and how notions of “sincere belief” play out through the courts while drawing on social theory and making use of the computational analysis. He is also the Media and Communications Coordinator for the North American Association for the Study of Religion (NAASR) and a podcast host for The New Books Network. Visit his website.