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Lisle Dalton - CV

Teaching Areas

  • American Religious History
  • Religion and Science
  • Religion and Modern Culture

Ph.D. Religious Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara, 1998.
M.A. Religious Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara, 1994. 
B.A. American Studies, Yale University, 1987.  

Teaching Experience
Visiting Assistant Professor, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY, Fall 1999 – present.

Lecturer, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, Fall 1998 – Spring 1999.

Lecturer, California Polytechnic State University, Winter and Spring 1998.

Lecturer, University of California at Santa Barbara, Fall 1996.

Teaching Assistant and Tutor, University of California at Santa Barbara,  1991-94, 1997.

Courses Designed and Taught

  • Introductory level:  Religious Diversity in America, Religion and Popular Culture, Religious Cults
  • Intermediate level:  Religion and Science (Templeton Award, 1996, Millennialism in American Culture, Christian Origins/New Testament,Theory and Method Studying Religion, Vodou/Voodoo
  • Interdisciplinary Seminars:  Religion and Medicine, Religion and Technology

Other Administrative Experience
Grants Officer, Hartwick College, June 2002-2004. Responsible for planning, research, composition, and submission of grants.

Coordinator, Individual Student Programs, Hartwick College, June 2003-present Responsible for advising and general administrative oversight of students who design their own majors.

Administrative Assistant, The California Three Rs Project, 1995-96.  Bookkeeping, grant seeking, and other office duties for a non-profit organization that organized seminars for public school teachers and administrators that focused on the First Amendment and school policy.

Title: "Between the Enlightenment and Public Protestantism: Religion and the American Phrenological Movement."

Committee:  Catherine L. Albanese, Chair; W. Richard Comstock; Phillip E. Hammond 

“Charles Darwin,” “Carolus Linnaeus,” “Thomas Robert Malthus,” “Carl Sagan,” “Alfred Russel Wallace,” in Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature (London: Continuum International, 2005)

“Science Fiction” in Religion and American Cultures: An Encyclopedia of Traditions, Diversity, and Popular Expressions (Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, Fall 2003)

“Phrenology and Religion in Antebellum America and Whitman’s Leaves of Grass” Mickle Street Review: An Electronic Journal of Whitman and American Studies, 15 (Summer 2002). Online at http://www.micklestreet.rutgers.edu/

Review of The Faith of 50 Million: Baseball, Religion, and American Culture, eds. Christopher H.Evans and William R. Herzog. Journal of Religion and Popular Culture 1 (Spring 2002). Online at http://www.usask.ca/relst/jrpc/br-baseball.html

"Homer the Heretic and Charlie Church: Parody, Piety, and Pluralism in The Simpsons" with Eric Mazur and Monica Siems, in God in the Details: American Religion in Popular Culture (New York: Routledge Press, Fall 2000).

"Phrenology," in The History of Science and Religion in the Western Tradition: An Encyclopedia  (New York: Garland Publishing, 2000). 

"Combe, George,"  "Eugenics," "Fletcher, Horace," "Fowler, Orson," "Gall, Franz Joseph," "Galton, Francis," "Heroic Medicine," "Homeopathy," "Haeckel, Ernst," "Kellogg, John Harvey," "Lamarkianism," "Phrenology," "Popper, Karl," "Spurzheim, Johann," and "Spontaneous Generation," in The Encyclopedia of Pseudoscience  (New York: Facts on File, 2000).   

"Bringing Tocqueville In: Remedying a Neglect in the Sociology of Religion," with Phillip Hammond et al. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 31 (December 1992). 

Unpublished Manuscripts
Phrenology and Religion in Antebellum America. Book manuscript, seven chapters.  Status: under revision, seeking publication.

“American Catholic Response to the Scopes Trial of 1925,” Article manuscript, 30 pages. Status: under revision, seeking publication.

Presentations and Invited Lectures
Spring 2003 Northeast American Studies Association Meeting, Hartford, CT. Presentation, “Phrenology and Religion in Walt Whitman’s Thought” April 27, 2003.

Fall 2002 American Academy of Religion Meeting, Toronto, Ontario. Panel respondent, Religion and Ecology/Religion and Science Groups. November 23, 2002.

Winter 2002 Rutgers University at Camden, American Studies Department  February 7, 2002

“A Phrenologist’s Millennium: Popular Science and Popular Religion in Antebellum America”

Spring 2001 Hartwick College Education Department Seminar. "Religion in the Public Schools: What Teachers Need to Know"

Spring 2001 West Edmonston, NY Baptist Church "Getting to Know Our Neighbors: The Amish"

Winter 2001 "Religion and Public Life and Faith-Based Organizations" - guest commentator on public affairs radio show "Get It Right" WZOZ 103.1 Oneonta, NY. 1/15/01.

Spring 2000, Eastern International Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Syracuse, NY. "A Phrenologist's Millennium"

Spring 1997, Western American Academy of Religion Meeting, Berkeley, California.  Panel respondent. "Thinking About Thinking About American Religion."

Fall 1996, American Academy of Religion Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana. "Homer the Heretic and Charly Church: Parody, Piety, and Pluralism in The Simpsons."

Professional Organizations
American Academy of Religion 

1998 Gerald Larson Dissertation Writing Award

1996 John Templeton Foundation Program Award for Courses in Science and Religion