Kevin Vollrath, MDiv '17, works in disability studies and theological ethics. Methodologically, Vollrath is interested in using ethnography to make philosophical and theological arguments. For example, he uses analytic philosophy in conjunction with participant observation to describe how people with developmental disabilities who are nonverbal communicate. He is also interested in cultures produced with and by people with developmental disabilities. His dissertation will be an ethnography of disability in Israel/ Palestine, considering how the conflict affects and produces people with disabilities, and how organizations of people with disabilities resist and thrive under occupation.
He holds a BA in philosophy from the University of Chicago and an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary. He enjoys co-teaching an art class with adults with developmental disabilities, running, and making music in his spare time.