Current Th.D. Students
Tanner Capps is the son of Susan and Gene Capps and the husband of Hannah Swiger Capps. He grew up on a cattle and sheep farm outside of Westminster, South Carolina. Tanner received his B.A. in English literature and visual art from Anderson College (2004) and the M.A. in Religion with a concentration in theological studies from Westminster Theological Seminary (2009). His research focuses on 16th century iconoclasm and accompanying early modern understandings of visuality, the image, idolatry, and sacramental theology. In connection with these topics, he is also interested in the role of the visual arts in theological and religious formation. Tanner is a devotee of Atlanta Braves baseball.
Brian Curry grew up in Nashville, Tenn. At Vanderbilt, he studied music, German, and biology and graduated with a B.S. in 2003. After college, he spent time doing research in clinical pharmacology and teaching music. In 2008 he received an M.Div. from Covenant Theological Seminary. As a doctoral student, his research investigates the intersection between music and formation in the virtues. Other interests include arts and mission, and New Testament theology. He attends All Saints Church, and in his free time, enjoys playing saxophone and guitar, and spending time with his wife, Andrea, and their two children.
Joelle Hathaway grew up near Seattle, WA and studied at Seattle Pacific University, where she met her husband Brent Smith. She graduated SPU in 2005 with a major in Sociology and a minor in Christian Scriptures. In 2009 she completed her M.T.S. at Duke Divinity School, her thesis comparing the architectural visions of hope for Coventry Cathedral and Memory Foundations, the master plan for Ground Zero. As a doctoral student, her research interests continue to be focused on Theology, Architecture and the Built Environment, specifically their role in shaping Christian worship, identity, and imagination. Issues relating to Christian engagement with urban spaces and ecological concerns, as well as sacred architecture, will be central to her study. Joelle and her husband attend St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Durham. When time allows, they also enjoy ballroom and salsa dancing.
Having grown up in the mountains of Colorado, Bo Helmich enjoys the oxygen-rich air of the South (except during the summer, when heat and humidity make him wonder why he ever left). Bo holds degrees from Stanford, Oxford, and the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. Prior to coming to Duke, he served for a number of years as a local church pastor, teacher and worship leader. Building on this foundation, his dissertation research treats theological aesthetics as practical theology, essentially considering the place of beauty in the normal Christian life. Bo and his wife Anne have four excellent children, all named for saints and poets. As time allows he pursues his love of songwriting by escaping to Nashville, guitar in hand.
Jacki Price-Linnartz grew up near Boone, N.C. In 2005, she graduated from Duke University with a B.S. in psychology and a minor in English, and since then she has received an M.T.S. and Th.M. from Duke University Divinity School. Her most recent master’s thesis explored Trinitarian theology as communicated in visual representations of the Trinity. As a doctoral student, her research interests include how art can convey theological themes and how the arts relate to both Christian formation and the church’s pursuit of social justice. Jacki attends Resurrection United Methodist Church with her husband, Isaac, who practices law in Raleigh. In her free time she likes to draw, paint, write, and cheer for Duke basketball.
David Taylor worked as a pastor for twelve years in Austin, Texas. Born and raised in Guatemala City, he studied at the University of Texas, Georgetown University, the University of Würzburg and Regent College in Canada. His research interests include the intersection between liturgy, pneumatology, art and concepts of newness. He edited the book For the Beauty of the Church: Casting a Vision for the Arts (Baker Books, 2010). He has written for Books & Culture, CIVA Seen and Christianity Today. His primary art form is playwriting, though he is also fond of modern dance. His wife Phaedra is a gardener, cook and visual artist who teaches art at Goldenbelt Studios.