My name is Alan Hooker, and I’m a PhD candidate at the University of Exeter (UK). My research looks at God’s penis and divine sexuality in the Hebrew Bible. My project is largely a historical analysis of biblical texts in their ancient West Asian milieu, and it aims to show that Yahweh may not be the sexless/genderless/bodyless deity our culture has made him out to be. In the future, I’d like to tease out some of the theological implications of a bodied, gendered and sexed God.
Other areas of interest include:
- queer theory/queer theology.
- feminism/feminist theology.
- body theology.
- masculinity studies.
- new religious movements.
Less academically, I have a liking for genealogy. The Elizabethan theologian Richard Hooker (1554-1600) is in my family tree, and he’s the nephew of my direct ancestor, John Hooker (1527-1601), chamberlain of Exeter.
My fiancé is Jamie Bernthal, a PhD researcher at Exeter too. His research concerns a queer reading of Agatha Christie’s detective fiction (I consider them as the two queens of crime).