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Dr. Lydia E. N. Willsky-Ciollo

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
o: Donnarumma Hall Rm 344
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In Progress: co-author with Eugene V. Gallagher, New Religions: Emerging Faiths and Religious Cultures in the Modern World, due to ABC-CLIO, September 2019.

In Progress: Wild: Henry David Thoreau and the Making of an American Theology.

American Unitarianism and the Protestant Dilemma: The Conundrum of Biblical Authority. (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015).


Guest-editor, Special Issue “New Religious Movements in the Nineteenth Century” in Nova Religio. Currently accepting abstracts; slated for Nova Religio 23, no. 2 (November 2019).


- “Apostles of Wilderness: American Indians and Thoreau’s Theology of the Wild.” Under Review at The New England Quarterly.

- “Henry Whitney Bellows and ‘A New Catholic Church’: The Making of Unitarianism in the Shadow of the Civil War.”  Church History and Religious Culture 98 (2018): 1-26.

- “Accepting Ambiguity: A Conscious Style of Course Design and Comparison for Teaching New Religious Movements.” Spotlight on Teaching (January 2015): 18-23.

- “The (Un)Plain Bible: New Religious Movements and Alternative Scriptures in Nineteenth Century America.” Nova Religio, 17, 4(May 2014): 13-36.

- "Prophet Among Rebels: Henry David Thoreau and the Creation of A Transcendentalist Bible.” New England Quarterly, 86, 4(December 2013): 625-654.

Shorter Essays/Pieces

 - “Teaching Tactic: ‘Reframing’ as a Means of Changing Perception.”  Forthcoming in Teaching Theology and Religion.

- Respondent. “Design and Analysis: The ‘Make your Own Religion’ Project.” Teaching Theology and Religion 19, 1(January 2016): 99-110.

Chapters or Excerpts in Edited Volumes

“Introduction” to Andrews Norton’s Discourse on the Latest Form of Infidelity in A New Collection of Primary Sources for Unitarian Universalist History. Dan McKanan, Barbara Coeyman, Mark Harris, Nicole Kirk, Emily Mace, Rosemary Bray McNitt, Peter Hughes, and Susan Ritchie, eds. Skinner Books, 2015.

- "Countering the Religious Rhetoric of Slavery: The Critical Reception of Uncle Tom's Cabin" in Critical Insights: Literature of Protest and Liberation. Kimberley Drake, ed. EBSCO, 2013.


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