Lucas F. Johnston
Postdoctoral Fellow in Religion and Environmental Studies, Wake Forest University (July 2009-present)
- University of Florida, Ph.D. (Religion and Nature with focus in Sustainability Studies)
- University of Georgia, Graduate Certificate (Environmental Ethics)
- Graduate Theological Union, M.A. (Theology with focus in Environmental Ethics and Social Policy)
- Wake Forest University, B. A. (Psychology)
TEACHING AND RESEARCH
Trained in sustainability studies, environmental and religious ethics, and psychology my research is interdisciplinary, using social scientific methods to investigate contemporary environmental and sustainability-oriented social movements, public expressions of values and their persistence in cultures, and cross-cultural political dialog related to ideas about nature and religion. This spring I am teaching an introductory course in the department of Religion and and an Energy Policy and Sustainability course for the Environmental Program, in addition to my ongoing role as Assistant/Managing Editor and Book Reviews Editor for the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture.
Additional areas of competence:
International environmental advocacy and policy, Cognitive science of religion, Corporate and business ethics, Philosophy of science and technology, Religion in popular culture
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS (CLICK HERE FOR FULL CV):
- “From Biophilia to Cosmophilia: the Role of Biological and Physical Sciences in Promoting Sustainability,” Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, Vol. 4, No. 1 (March 2010), pp. 7-23.
- “The Religious Dimensions of Sustainability: Institutional Religions, Civil Society and International Politics Since the Turn of the Twentieth Century,” Religion Compass, Vol. 4, No. 3, (January 2010), pp. 176-189.
- The Science of God: Natural Origins of Religion in an Evolutionary Perspective: A Special Issue of the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture (co-editor, with Robert Sands), Vol. 3, No. 4 (January 2010).
- "Practically Natural: Religious Resources for Environmental Pragmatism," in Whitney Bauman, Kevin O'Brien and Rick Bohannon (eds.) Inherited Land (Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2010).
- “International Commissions and Declarations,” in Willis Jenkins and Whitney Bauman (eds.) The Encyclopedia of Sustainability. Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Press (2009).
- “Evolutionary Controversy and a Side of Pasta: The Flying Spaghetti Monster and the Subversive Function of Religious Parody,” Golem: Journal of Religion and Monsters, Vol. 1, No. 2 (June 2007).
- “Buddhism and Nature: A Survey of Themes and Works in an Emerging Field,” Worldviews, Vol. 10, No. 1(May 2006).
RESEARCH SUBMITTED OR IN PROGRESS:
- Walking Together Separately: The Religious Dimensions of Sustainability and the Ethic of Interpersonal Risk, book manuscript in preparation.
- Taking it to the Next Level: Strategies for Adaptation Across the Sustainability Curriculum, edited book in preparation.
- “Beyond the Mad Max Scenario: Civil Society and Security in the 21st Century,” in preparation (due April 2010).
- “Sustainability as a Global Faith: The Genesis and Globalization of its Religious Dimensions,” International Journal of Social Science (submitted June 2010).
PROFESSIONAL SERVICE (Current)
Board of Directors, Interdisciplinary At-Large Member, November 2009-present, International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture (ISSRNC)
Steering Committee, Religion and Ecology Group, November 2009-present, American Academy of Religion
Assistant Editor/Book Reviews Editor, June 2008-present, Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture (JSRNC)
Sustainability and Sustainable Development
Religion, Nature and Ethics