T 441 Theology and Pop Culture
Jessica DeCou is a doctoral candidate in theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School, completing a dissertation that develops a theological framework for approaching popular entertainment through a critical analysis and re-interpretation of Karl Barth's theology of culture. Ever the diligent researcher, she spends most of her time watching TV and, at the moment, has DVR season passes for 40+ TV series. Ms. DeCou comes from a long line of Pentecostal preachers and poor backsliders, and was raised in the home of her grandparents, who led a small independent Pentecostal church in Iowa. Before coming to Chicago, she received a B.A. and M.A. in Religious Studies at the University of Iowa. She is currently a Louisville Institute Dissertation Fellow and a Junior Fellow at the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion.