Lisa H. Sideris
Ph.D., Indiana University
Lisa Sideris received her Ph.D. from Indiana University in 2000. Before coming (back) to IU, she taught both at Pace University in New York City and at McGill University in Montreal. She returned to Indiana's Religious Studies Department both because of the strong interdisciplinary profile of the program, and because of the natural beauty of IU and Bloomington. In the broadest sense, she is interested in the value and ethical significance of natural processes, as these values are captured or occluded by religious and scientific worldviews. Her areas of research include environmental ethics and the environmental humanities and the science-religion interface. Much of her early research focused on conflict and compatibility between scientific (particularly Darwinian) and religious interpretations of nature and natural processes. Her first book Environmental Ethics, Ecological Theology, and Natural Selection (Columbia University Press 2003) critiques the tendency of Christian environmental ethics, or "ecological theology," to misconstrue or ignore Darwinian theory, and examines the problems this creates for developing a realistic ethic toward nature and animals.