I am a doctoral student in Yale’s Religious Studies department interested in gay literature and Christian theology, expected to graduate in 2025.

Lacey Jones and I organize Literature and Religion at Yale (LAR@Y), a working group that holds monthly discussions and will host conferences on new methods in religion and literature. With Alex Fialho, I help facilitate the Yale AIDS Studies working group.

Yale Divinity School, MAR in Religion and Literature, 2018

Berkeley Divinity School, certificate in Anglican Studies, 2018

Yale’s Institute of Sacred Music, certificate, 2018

Seattle Pacific University, BA in English Literature, 2015

during college, I spent two terms at Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford

current projects:

– a braided lyric essay on the music of Perfume Genius, sound, church, coming out, and telling one’s life
– guest editing a special issue of Theology and Sexuality that is a 25-year retrospective on Richard Rambuss’s Closet Devotions
– a brief essay on some of my initial thoughts on theology and HIV/AIDS
– preparing for exams


John Rechy’s Sodomites,” Literature and Theology (2021)


Chris Greenough’s Queer Theologies at Reading Religion (2021)


“Narrating the Genre of HIV/AIDS Poetry,” HIV/AIDS in the 21st Century: Memorialisation, Representation, and Temporality, University of Manchester, UK, January 17, 2020.

“Entering Sodom,” Gay Men and Religion Unit, American Academy of Religion, San Diego, CA, November 23, 2019.

“you are of me, that’s what: Frank O’Hara, Fertility, and the Future,” Yale Institute of Sacred Music colloquium presentation, New Haven, CT, March 1, 2017.

awards and nice things:

“you are of me, that’s what” was awarded the ISM Students’ Choice for Best Colloquium Prize. Christian Wiman called it “one of the best [colloquium presentations] I have seen in a while…. quite moving.” Peter Hawkins called it a “tour de force…. one of the finest explications de textes I can recall.”

I was awarded the Arksey Prize by the English faculty of Seattle Pacific University for the best critical essay by a student in 2015

my thesis on Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited and Jeanette Winterson’s Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit was awarded a de Jager Prize by the faculty of Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford (SCIO)


During college, I used the blog portion of this website to share personal essays, poetry, and, thoughts on current events. The blog, these dated clouds, has now been closed, archived, put on the shelf.

I recently started an online project:

twitter: @samuel_ernest