Kent L. Brintnall (B.A., Fort Hays State University; J.D., Northeastern University School of Law; M.A., Pacific School of Religion; Ph.D., Emory University) joined the UNC Charlotte faculty in fall 2008 after serving as the inaugural post-doctoral fellow in religion and sexuality and a lecturer in film studies at Emory University. He is an affiliate faculty member in the Women’s and Gender Studies and Film Studies programs. His courses explore the texts and questions that comprise feminist and queer theory, psychoanalysis and the work of Georges Bataille.
His research focuses on the overlap and equivalence between religion and sexuality. Specifically, he is interested in how religious, erotic and aesthetic experiences and practices foster a disruption of the subject’s coherence in a way that can respond to, and perhaps prevent, various forms of cultural violence. In pursuing these questions, he is guided by the work of Georges Bataille, psychoanalysis and queer theory.