Jenna Supp-Montgomerie

Jenna Supp-Montgomerie
Religious Studies and Communication Studies
University of Iowa

Supp-Montgomerie is working on a book project titled "Fault Lines:  The Religious Infrastructure of the World’s First Cabled Network, which traces the involvement of religion—particularly American Protestantism—in creating and defining networks. At the advent of network technology, missionaries marketed telegraphs around the world, Christian tropes infused sustaining enthusiasm into American public discourse about telegraphy, new religious communities indelibly affiliated networks with utopianism, and religious forms of communication marked the idiomatic conventions of networks. Most important, American Protestantism helped secure the idea that networks connect while masking what this study reveals: networks thrive on disconnection. Fault Lines argues that American Protestantism is embedded in networks.