Department of Comparative Literature and the College
Kris Trujillo’s research is situated at the intersection of religious studies, literary studies, critical theory, and the study of gender and sexuality. Interested in the lasting cultural legacy of medieval Christianity, he investigates theories and practices of desire and devotion across premodern and modern literary and theological archives. His forthcoming book, “Jubilee of the Heart: How Monastic Song Became Mystical Poetics” ties the genre of mystical poetry to the devotional practice of singing the Psalms aloud and to the Song of Songs commentary tradition in order to argue that this body of literature is firmly grounded in the ritual, embodied, and communal practices of devotion that shape monastic and semi-monastic life. His second project investigates the diverse political, aesthetic, and theological motivations that enable the citation of medieval mysticism in queer literature, art, and theory in the midst of the AIDS crisis.
Trujillo serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. He holds an AB in Romance languages and literatures from Harvard College, a master of theological studies from Harvard Divinity School, and a PhD in rhetoric and critical theory from the University of California, Berkeley. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in theology at Fordham University where he was also, most recently, an assistant professor of English.