Samuel Avery-Quinn is a Lecturer in First Year Seminar. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee, and a Masters of Arts degree from the Iliff School of Theology, a United Methodist seminary at the University of Denver. His research interests focus on the intersection of landscape, material culture, and religion (particularly Evangelical Christianity and Islam). His most recent publications have explored class and landscape in the American Holiness movement, race and religion in post-Civil War Southern Appalachia, and the landscape theology and urban design of religious resorts in the Northeastern United States. He is currently working on a study of the historical ecology of the New Jersey Pine Barrens.