Lisa Sideris, PhD

Lisa Sideris

Lisa Sideris is Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University-Bloomington. Previously, she taught both at Pace University in New York City and at McGill University in Montreal. She received her Ph.D. from Indiana University in 2000. Her areas of research include environmental ethics and the environmental humanities and the science-religion interface. Much of her early research focused on conflict and compatibility between scientific (particularly Darwinian) and religious interpretations of nature and natural processes.

Professor Sideris's recent research has focused on the role of wonder in contemporary scientific discourse and its impact on how we conceive of and relate to nature. Her latest book, Consecrating Science: Wonder, Knowledge, and the Natural World, examines how scientific rhetoric and narratives about wonder actually pit science against religion, and encourage a devaluation of the natural world. She is also interested in the mythic, religious, and ethical dimensions of the so-called Anthropocene. She currently leads a research project with scholars from three other Midwestern universities that investigate religious and ethical perspectives on being human in the Anthropocene. She is currently working on a book about the intersection of technology, religion, and environmentalism, tentatively titled Religion and World-making.