Dr Alda Balthrop-Lewis - Institute for Religion & Critical Inquiry (Faculty of Theology and Philosophy)

Assistant Supervisor – Only eligible to supervise with a fully accredited Principal or Co-supervisor

Alda Balthrop-Lewis is a Research Fellow in the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry. Before coming to ACU she completed a B.A. at Stanford University, a M.Div. at The University of Chicago and a Ph.D. at Princeton University in Religion, Ethics, and Politics. She has taught in the Religious Studies department at Brown University, and she has worked as a research assistant for the Peabody Award-winning public radio program On Being, produced in the United States.

Her research focuses on religious ethics and the circulation of ideas among theological, literary, artistic, and popular idioms. Her current work treats Henry David Thoreau as an inheritor of traditional ascetic practices, and argues that his asceticism is politically relevant, both in his period and for contemporary environmental ethics.


Phone :+61401215676 (Melbourne)
Email :alda.balthrop-lewis@acu.edu.au
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Research Interests

Environmental Ethics ; Religious Ethics ; American Literature ; Political Theology ; Political philosophy ;

Methods Expertise

philosophy, social and political theory ; Literary analysis ; Ethnography ; Theology ;

Research Projects

No research project is currently recorded.

Selected Publications


Prophecy, Ethical Constraints, and Unjust Silence, in Journal of Religious Ethics

Thoreau's Woodchopper, Wordsworth's Leech-gather, and the Representation of "Humble and Rustic Life", in Theology and Ecology Across the Disciplines