About Me: I am a writer and religious studies scholar completing my Master of Divinity (M.Div) at Union Presbyterian Seminary (Richmond, Virginia). At the moment, I am also a bilateral graduate exchange student with the Faculty of Theology at the Universität Bern (Switzerland). 

My interests cover religious studies, philosophy, theology, and literature. I am chiefly interested in German Romanticism and German Idealism’s influence on theories of religion, the self, and the natural world in the early modern period. More broadly, my research focuses on how the Christian intellectual tradition wrestled with the forces of modernism, specifically post-Kantian philosophy, modern hermeneutics, and novel understandings of affect or emotion. 

My most recent research deals with the German philosopher and theologian, Friedrich Schleiermacher, exploring the role affect or ‘feeling’ plays in his philosophy, theology, psychology, and literary works, as well as how this correlates with current affect theories in various disciplines (e.g., neuroscience) and contemporary constructive Christian theologies.

Some of my writing here is just that—writing. Many posts are simply writing exercises that help me synthesize my thoughts. Please don’t take them too seriously. On the other hand, I do hope to share some of my more wholistic or ‘academic’ work I produce here as well. Regardless, thanks for reading. 

If you would like to chat, feel free to email me at dakotawesleywade@gmail.com.

Semper Discentes (Latin: “ever learning”)