Areas of expertise: religion and society; religious ethics; theological ethics; political theology; theology and ecology; environmental ethics; religion and democracy; literature and theology; ethnography
Location: ACU Melbourne Campus
ORCID ID: 0000-0001-9017-2655
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, artistic, and popular idioms. Her forthcoming book, Thoreau’s Religion: Walden Woods, Social Justice, and the Politics of Asceticism (Cambridge University Press), 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.