About

Jamie L. Brummitt, PhD. Assistant Professor of American Religions.

Jamie L. Brummitt, PhD. Assistant Professor of American Religions.

Jamie L. Brummitt is an Assistant Professor of American Religions at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Jamie studies the media and materiality of nineteenth-century American Protestantism, especially Protestant relics. She earned her PhD in American Religion from Duke University in May 2018.  Jamie also holds graduate minors in American Islam, and Art, Art History, & Visual Studies. Her dissertation advisor was David Morgan, author of Protestants and Pictures and The Embodied Eye.

Jamie’s dissertation “Protestant Relics” examined the  material culture of mourning that proliferated after George Washington’s death. Each chapter focused on a collection of mourning objects: George Whitefield’s relics, George Washington’s relics, mourning embroideries, mourning lithographs, hair relics, post-mortem photographs, and Bibles.

Jamie completed her Bachelor of Arts in May 2010 at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She majored in Philosophy & Religion and Communication Studies, and minored in Spanish and Digital Arts. Jamie completed her Master of Arts in Religion at Duke University in 2012.

Jamie L. Brummitt, Ph.D. Looking at the relics of George Whitefield at the First (Old South) Presbyterian Church, Newburyport, Massachusetts, March 2017. Photo by Andrew T Coates.

Jamie L. Brummitt, Ph.D. Looking at the relics of George Whitefield at the First (Old South) Presbyterian Church, Newburyport, Massachusetts, March 2017. Photo by Andrew T Coates.

Her most recent projects investigated:

  • schoolgirls’ needlework;
  • mourning samplers, embroideries, and lithographs;
  • mourning in America;
  • Spiritualism and the Civil War;
  • the Bible in the Civil War
  • Spirit photography;
  • children and Juvenile Missionary Associations;
  • Victorian parlor culture;
  • the cult of domesticity;
  • and women’s suffrage.

She enjoys reading Anne Rice novels on rainy days and and shopping for antiques with her  husband, Andrew Coates. Jamie and Andrew were married on October 17, 2015.