Institute for Religion & Critical Inquiry

Dr Alda Balthrop-Lewis

Dr Alda Balthrop-Lewis
BA (Stanford), MDiv (Chicago), MA, PhD (Princeton)

Philosophy, Religion, and Culture
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 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.

Key publications

‘Rereading Thoreau for Religion and Ecology’. In Theology and Ecology Across the Disciplines: On Care for Our Common Home, edited by Celia Deane-Drummond and Rebecca Artinian-Kaiser. Bloomsbury: T&T Clark, 2017.