Courtney Applewhite

Graduate Contributor


Courtney Applewhite, MA/PhD student in religious studies at UCSB, studies death rituals and afterlife beliefs in the contemporary United States. She is currently doing ethnographic research that will compare the death practices of three institutions in Santa Barbara, California. 



Courtney Applewhite received a Bachelor’s in religious studies and cognitive sciences from Rice University. Prior to coming to UCSB, she worked as an assistant editor and then as a death investigator at the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office in Houston, Texas.