Recent Publications by Religion Department Faculty

Recent Faculty Books

Recent Faculty Books

October 29, 2018


The Syracuse University Department of Religion maintains a robust and active research profile with faculty members publishing and editing books and articles. Here is a brief selection of recent scholarship by our faculty:




Marcia Robinson with Philip P Arnold at the induction of Frances Harper into the Abolitionist Hall of Fame.
  • Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Marcia C. Robinson has recently published:
    • “ ‘What Time is It?....Eternity’: Kierkegaard’s Socratic Use of Hegel’s Insights on Romantic Humor.”  In All Too Human: Laughter, Humor, and Comedy in 19th-Century Philosophy, ed. Lydia Moland, 115-136.  Vol. 7.  Boston Studies in Philosophy, Religion and Public Life, ed. C. Allen Speight.  Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, 2018.
    • “Storytelling and the Development of the Religious Imagination in Kierkegaard’s Authorship.”  In Kierkegaard, Literature, and the Arts, ed. Eric Ziolkowski, 71-84.  Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2018.
    • “The Tragedy of Edward ‘Ned’ Davis: Entrepreneurial Fraud in Maryland in the Wake of the 1850 Fugitive  Slave Law.”  In The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography CXL, no. 2 (April 2016): 167-182.
    • Dr. Robinson has also given the following conference papers and invited lectures:
      •  “ ‘Live!’: Kierkegaard’s Wisdom as Quiet Pastor to Those Who Mourn,” Eighth International Hong Kierkegaard Library Conference, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, June 13-17, 2018.

      • "Frances E. W. Harper," Oneida Mansion House Historical Talk and Discussion, February 2018.

      • “Bartering Principle for Wealth and Power: Frances E. W. Harper’s Critique of American Capitalism,” Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, Hofstra University, New York, NY, June 1-4, 2017.
      • “The Relevance of Protestantism for the Modern and Post-Modern West—Revisited,” Plenary Lecture, “Trajectories of Grace (Re)formation Today,” 2017 Mercersburg Convocation in Honor of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, Lancaster Theological Seminary and Mercersburg Theological Society, June 5, 2017.
      • “I Wear An Easy Garment”: Frances E. W. Harper as Anti-Slavery Orator on Maine’s Free Soil Republican Campaign Trail.”   The Induction of Frances E. W. Harper into the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum in Peterboro, NY on October 20, 2018.
    • She continues her  long-term work as co-chair of the Kierkegaard, Religion and Culture Program Unit of the AAR which this year has three sections.
  • Professor Ernest Wallwork, has recently published: “Thinking Ethically about Terminating Therapy after Trying New Technologies.” In Jill Scharff, ed, Psychoanalysis Online 3: The Teleanalytic Setting. London: Routledge, 2017.


  • Professor Emeritus, Edward F. Mooney has a forthcoming book, Sounding Lives and Faiths: Grave Matters in Melville, Kierkegaard, and Others, Bloomsbury, 2019. He has also recently published: 
    • “Religious Sensibility: Communion in Intimate Life,” in The Occlusion of Intimacy: Uncovering Relationships as a Path through the Modern Christian West, ed. Dunn, Routledge. 2018.
    • “The Very Tang of Life: Lyrical Jesting in Kierkegaard’s Postscript Title,” in Authority and Authorship in Kierkegaard’s Writings, ed. Westfall and Tietjan, Indiana, 2018
    •  “Henry Bugbee and Scripture,” Signs and Wonders: Scripture in the Work of American Philosophers, ed. Jacob Goodson, Lexington, 2018.
  • Patricia Cox Miller, The (Bishop) W. Earl Ledden Professor Emerita, has published In the Eye of the Animal: Zoological Imagination in Ancient Christianity.
  • David L. Miller, The Watson-Ledden Professor Emeritus has published:
    • "Gaston Bachelard and Henry Corbin: On Adjectival Consciousness," in: E. Rizo-Patron, E. Casey and J. Wirth, eds., Adventures in Phenomenology: Gaston Bachelard (Albany: SUNY Press, 2017), pp. 143-153.
    • "Stoned: The Goal of Alchemy and Psychotherapy," in: Joanne Stroud, ed., Conversations with James Hillman, Volume III: Alchemical Psychology (Dallas: Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, 2017), pp. 73-83.
    • "Evil--A Paragon of Luster," The World and its Shadow, Eranos Yearbook 73: 2015-2016, eds. F. Merlini & R. Bernardini (Einsiedeln: Daimon Verlag, 2017), pp. 320-366.
    • "Nothing Almost Sees Miracles! Self & No-Self in Depth Psychology & Mysticism," in: T. Cattoi and D. Odorisio, Depth Psychology and Mysticism (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), pp. 237-252.17), pp. 143-153.
  • Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion Emeritus Professor John D. Caputo has published Hermeneutics: Facts and Interpretation in the Age of Information (Pelican/Penguin UK: 2018). 


Part-Time Instructor Dr. Samuel D. Gruber, will be delievering a talk at Warburg-Haus/Institut für die Geschichte der deutschen Juden/Hafen City University, Hamburg, 6-8, November 2018 entitled: "Jewish Architects – Jewish Architecture," November 6 - 08, 2018. He has recently published “Venice: A Culture of Enclosure, a Culture of Control,” in W. Goldman and J. Trotter, eds, The Ghetto in Global History 1500 to the Present (London & NY: Routledge: 2018), 74-90. There was a Symposium for the book Carnegie Mellon, 5 October, 2018.

For more see the Faculty Publications page or view Faculty Profiles.