Curriculum Vitae


School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry (HPI)
Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH)
Forgan Smith Building, Level 6
The University of Queensland
St Lucia, QLD 4072, Australia
(608) 514-1569



2013 – Ph.D. in Religious Studies, University of Queensland (UQ)

Dissertation title: “The Origins of the ‘Conflict Thesis’: Draper, White, and the Protestant Tradition.”

Committee Members: Peter Harrison, Ian Hesketh, and Tom Aechtner

2011 M.A. (magna cum laude) in Church History, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS)

2008 B.A. (Honors) in Religious Studies and Philosophy, University of California-Davis (UCD)


Intellectual history; history of philosophy; western civilization; history of Christianity; religious studies; religion and science; nineteenth-century religious thought


2013 – 2017 Causal Staff Tutor (Teacher), University of Queensland

Courses Tutored

2017 The Idea of the Sacred
This course explores many of the most significant themes in religious studies by examining notions of the sacred both in the past and present day, discussing the “sacrality” of texts, places, and time.

2016 The Bible: Fact or Fiction?
This course introduces to students the Bible, to the different ways it is read, and to some common problems associated with interpreting it.

2015 The World of Jesus and the Early Christians
This course introduces to students the world of the New Testament with a focus on the cultural and social circumstances of Jesus and the early Christian movement.

2014 Playing God: Religion & Science
This course explores the interface between religion and science, examining whether these two facets of society have always been in conflict, providing a critical analysis of past and contemporary religion and science issues.


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

2017 “A Failed Reconciliation: John W. Draper, Andrew D. White, and the Reception of their Historical Narratives in the Periodical Press,” Isis (Under Review).

2017 “Tyndall and Draper,” Notes and Queries, vol. 64, no. 1, 125-128.

2016 “A Yankee at Oxford: John William Draper at the British Association for the Advancement of Science at Oxford, 30 June 1860,” Notes and Records of the Royal Society vol. 70, no. 2, 135-150.

Book Reviews

2017 Thomas A. Howard and Mark A. Noll (eds.), Protestantism after 500 Years, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), in Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses (forthcoming).

2017 Robert Elder, The Sacred Mirror: Evangelicalism, Honor, and Identity in the Deep South, 1790-1860 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2016), in Reading Religion (forthcoming).

2015 Gowan Dawson and Bernard Lightman (eds.), Victorian Scientific Naturalism: Community, Identity, Continuity (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014), in Zygon, vol. 50, no. 2, 548-550.

2015 Bernard Lightman and Michael S. Reidy (eds.), The Age of Scientific Naturalism: Tyndall and His Contemporaries (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2014), in Zygon, vol. 50, no. 1, 248-251.

2011 Markus Bockmuehl and Guy G. Stroumsa (eds.), Paradise in Antiquity: Jewish and Christian Views (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010), in Trinity Journal, vol. 32, no. 1, 107-109.

2011 Guy G. Stroumsa, A New Science: The Discovery of Religion in the Age of Reason (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2010), in Trinity Journal, vol. 32, no. 1, 113-115.

2011 Peter Harrison (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Science and Religion (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), in Trinity Journal, vol. 32, no. 1, 120-122.

Manuscripts in Preparation

The Conflict between Science and Religion: Draper, White, and the Invention of a Historical Myth.

Journal Articles in Preparation

“The Success of the Victoria Institute and the Failure of the Metaphysical Society.”

The ‘New Reformation’ of Scientific Naturalism: A Case of Protestantism-minus-Christianity.”

“Edward L. Youmans and the ‘Peacemakers’ in the Popular Science Monthly.”
“The ‘Progress of Religion’ in the Victorian Imagination.”

“The ‘Little Blue Books’ of Emanuel Haldeman-Julius: The Origins of Conflict.”

Web-Based Writing

2013 – At, I blog about the relations between science, religion, and culture. My blog is dedicated to book reviews, research findings, and general notes that I have decided to share with the public.


Invited Talks

2017 “The Success of the Victoria Institute and the Failure of the Metaphysical Society,” The Simeon Network, Brisbane Draft Day, at the University of Queensland, St Lucia QLD, Australia, 29 April.

2015 “Rethinking the Conflict Thesis: John William Draper and the History of Religion,” The Centre for the Study of Science, Religion & Society, Emmanuel College, at the University of Queensland, St Lucia QLD, Australia, 9-12 July.

Conference Papers

2017 “The ‘New Reformation’ of Scientific Naturalism: A Case of Protestantism-minus-Christianity,” Conference on “Reason and Faith on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation,” Central College, IA, United States, 13-14 October (Under Review).

2014 “John William Draper, Dynamical Physiology, and the Law of Progress,” Conference on “Historical Explanation: Contingency, Convergence, and Teleology,” St Anne’s College, Oxford, United Kingdom, 17-20 July.

2014 “Demystifying Conflict: John William Draper and the Conflict between Religion and Science,” Conference on “Conflict in History”: The Australian Historical Association 33rd Annual Conference, University of Queensland, St Lucia QLD, Australia 7-11 July.

Panels Organized

2017 “The Production and Reception of Science and Religion Narratives in the Anglo-American Periodical Press, 1860-1900,” History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Toronto, ON, Canada 9-12 November (Accepted).


2016 Nominated by students as Most Effective Tutor, UQ
2013 – 2017 International Postgraduate Research Scholarship, UQ
2013 – 2017 Centennial Scholarship, UQ
2008 Nominated for Chancellor’s Award for Undergraduate Research, UCD
2008 Departmental Citation in Recognition of Outstanding Undergraduate Accomplishment in Religious Studies, UCD
2008 Certificate as Research Scholar for Outstanding Academic Achievement in the presentation of scholarly research at the Nineteenth Annual Undergraduate Research, Scholarship & Creative Activities Conference, UCD


American Academy of Religion
American Historical Association
American Scientific Affiliation

American Society for Church History
British Society for the History of Science
History of Science Society


Peter Harrison
Australian Laureate Fellow
Director of IASH
University of Queensland
St Lucia, QLD, Australia

Ronald L. Numbers
Hilldale Professor of the History of Science and Medicine Emeritus
University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI, USA

Allison P. Coudert
Professor of Religious Studies
University of California-Davis
Davis, CA, USA

Bernard Lightman
Professor of Humanities
York University
Toronto, ON, Canada

Edward (Ted) B. Davis
Professor of the History of Science
Messiah College
Mechanicsburg, PA, USA

Stephen D. Snobelen
Associate Professors of Humanities
History of Science and Technology
University of King’s College
Halifax, NS, Canada