American popular religion; religious tourism and the commodification of the religious practices of often nonelite practitioners
Ph.D., American Studies, University of Kansas, 2004
Aaron Ketchell researches and writes about American popular religion, or the extrainstitutional religious practices of often nonelite practitioners. He is especially interested in the commodification of such perspectives within the larger realm of tourism. His current project examines El Santuario de Chimayo, a healing shrine in Northern New Mexico, and the relationship between pilgrimage and secular tourism at the site.