Sam R. Stella (MAVCOR Graduate Associate) is an S.T.M. student at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. He received a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Missouri, and an M.A. from the University of Chicago Divinity School. His research at the ISM will investigate how 20th-century Protestants and Catholics in the United States and Mexico have engaged and contested one another via their respective material cultures, and the miraculous effects these materialities mediate. He is also interested in how converts from Catholicism to Protestantism negotiate the theological demands of changed theories of materiality and sacred efficacy. He loves pizza and run-on sentences.