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First Name
Eden
Last Name
Consenstein
Personal profile
Hello, I am a Doctoral Candidate in Princeton University's Department of Religion, where I am also earning a graduate certificate from the program in Media and Modernity. I'm a historian of religion, media and capitalism in the twentieth-century United States. My dissertation is a history of religion at Time Incorporated, the media empire responsible for Time, Life and Fortune magazines. From 1923 to 1964, Time Inc. was run by Henry R. Luce, a self-styled theologian and leading Presbyterian layman, who insisted that the press should promote high moral standards and desirable political agendas, rather than aim for objectivity. I ask how Luce's theological convictions informed the magazine's editorial lines and informed his mobilization of Time Inc.'s corporate capital beyond the magazines.
Research interests
religious studies, political and cultural history of the United States, history of capitalism, Protestant theology, twentieth century, consumerism, photography