Graduate Theological Union

Kathryn Barush

Assistant Professor of Art History and Religion


At GTU since 2014

DPhil, University of Oxford, 2012
MSt/MA, University of Oxford, 2007
BA, Sarah Lawrence College, 2003
Phone: 510/549-5010


Current Research and Teaching Interests

  • Art and Material Culture of Pilgrimage
  • Reconstructions of Pilgrimage Sites and Shrines in Domestic and Urban Spaces
  • Sacred Art (theory and praxis) and Compositions of Sacred Space
  • History of Art and Religion of the British Isles
  • Tolkien and the Visual Arts

Selected Publications

  • Art and the Sacred Journey in Britain (1790-1850), Routledge, 2016.
  • "The Root of the Route: Phil's Camino Project and the Catholic Tradition of Surrogate Pilgrimage," Practical Matters, Spring 2016, Issue 9.
  • “A Pilgrim in the Park: Sacred Space in Lewis Miller’s ‘Guide to Central Park,’” Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, 2013.
  • “Visions of Mortality,” Apollo: The International Art Magazine, 2013.
  • "Pilgrimage and Image at Lincoln Cathedral," Transpositions, Journal of the Institute for Theology, Imagination, and the Arts, University of St Andrews, 2013.
    “Painting the Scene/Paint and Pilgrimage” in The Oxford Handbook of the Georgian Theatre 1737-1832, Oxford University Press, Fall 2013.