Curriculum Vitae

James Dennis LoRusso, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Center for the Study of Religion

Princeton University

 

5 Ivy Lane, Suite 305

Princeton, NJ 08540

770-846-8073

 

jlorusso@princeton.edu

https://jamesdennislorusso.wordpress.com

 

Education

 

2014 PhD Emory University (Religion, American Religious Cultures)

 

Dissertation: The Libertarian Ethic and the Spirit of Global Capital: Post-Industrial Spirituality in American Business

 

Doctoral Exams: American Religious History,

Theory and Method in the Study of Religion,

Religion, Work, and the Market in American Life,

Comparative Theories of Myth and Theories of Advertising

 

2008 MA (Distinction)

 

Georgia State University (Religious Studies)

 

Thesis: Labors of Authenticity: The Function of Spirituality and the Construction of Selfhood at Starbucks Coffee Company

 

2001 BA (Magna Cum Laude)

 

Georgia State University (History)

 

Fellowships and Awards

 

2013 Development and Alumni Relations Dissertation Completion Fellowship, James T. Laney Graduate School, Emory University
 

2008-2013

 

James T. Laney Graduate School Fellowship, Emory University

 

2008

 

Timothy Renick Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Religious Studies, Georgia State University

 

2007

 

National Scholars Honors Society

 

1999

 

Dean’s Scholarship Key, Georgia State University

Awarded for Consecutive Years of Academic Excellence

 

1998

 

Golden Key National Honors Society

 

 

Research Interests

 

Religion and Work in America

Religion and Global Capitalism

Religion and Popular Culture

Critical Theory and Religion

 

Research Experience

 

2014-Present

 

 

 

2012

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Faith and Work Initiative, Center for the Study of Religion, Princeton University

Conduct, review, and analyze ethnographic data on Workplace Chaplains

 

Research Assistant, Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine, (University of Chicago: 2013)

Compiled archival data for Prof. Wendy Cadge on hospital chaplaincy organizations in 20th Century United States

 

2007

 

Research Assistant, Unsettled Minds: Psychology and the American Search for Spiritual Assurance, 1830-1940 (University of California: 2008)

Conducted biographical research on several historical personages for Prof. Christopher White.

 

Teaching Interests

 

American Religious History

Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion

Religion and Global Capitalism

Cultural Studies in Religion

Ethnography of Religious Experience

Religion and Society

 

Teaching Training

 

2008-2011 Teaching Assistant Training and Training Opportunity Program (TATTO), Laney Graduate School, Emory University

TATTO ensures that each student’s education as a scholar is balanced with thoughtful and thorough preparation in the art of teaching.

 

2006

 

Teaching Philosophy Practicum, Department of Religious Studies, Georgia State University

The Practicum prepares graduate students in Philosophy and Religion for teaching sections of Introduction to Critical Thinking in the Undergraduate College.

 

 

 

 

Teaching Experience

 

Fall 2013 Micro-Teaching Instructor, Teaching Assistant and Teaching Opportunity Program (TATTO), Laney Graduate School, Emory University

Observed teaching and provided pedagogical feedback for 1st and 2nd year graduate students.

 

Spring 2012

 

 

Co-Instructor, REL 490: Insider/Outsider Problem in the Study of Religion, with Dr. Michael Berger, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Religion, Emory University

 

Spring 2012

 

Co-Instructor, REL 209: History of Religion in the United States: Religion in the American Marketplace

 

Fall 2010

 

Teaching Assistant, Death and Dying, Dr. Gary Laderman, Instructor and Chair, Department of Religion, Emory University

 

Fall 2009

 

Teaching Associate, REL 300: Interpreting Religion, Dr. Barbara Patterson, Instructor, Department of Religion, Emory University

Duties included syllabus construction and regular lecturing responsiblities

 

Spring 2009

 

Teaching Assistant, REL 490: Seminar in the Study of Relgion in the 21st Century, Dr. Richard Martin, Instructor, Department of Religion, Emory University

 

Spring 2008

 

Adjunct Instructor (2 Sections), Honors Seminar in Philosophy: A Cultural Studies Approach, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Spelman College

 

Fall 2006-Fall 2007

 

Graduate Instructor (5 sections), Introduction to Critical Thinking, Department of Religious Studies, Georgia State University

 

Teaching Experience (Non-Academic)

 

1999-2006 Master Classroom Facilitator, Starbucks Coffee Company

Provided Basic and Advanced level Training Workshops for new employees, shift supervisors, management trainees, and store managers

 

 

 

Presentations

 

“The Business of Business is Religion,” Graduate Research Interdisciplinary Team of Scholars, James T. Laney School of Graduate Studies, Emory University, 7 November 2013

 

Moderator, “Critically Engaged: Graduate Pedagogy in the Introductory Classroom,” North American Association for the Study of Religion, 2013 Annual Meeting, Baltimore

 

“Embodied Pedagogies,” Presiding at Graduate Student Roundtable,  American Academy of Religion, Annual Conference, 2013

 

“Zen-gineering: Spirituality and the History of Silicon Valley,” Atlanta Graduate Student Conference in U.S. History, Emory University, 2013

 

“Caffeine and Catechism: Self-Transformation and Identity at Starbucks Coffee Company,” International Conference for Faith and Spirit at Work, University of Arkansas, November 2011

 

“We are the Observers: Interdimensionality as a representation of Global Society in Doctor Who and Fringe,Comics and Popular Arts Academic Conference, Dragon Con 2011

 

“The Soul of Zoe Graystone: Mythology, Consumerism, and the Construction of Identity in 21st Century America,” Comic and Popular Arts Academic Conference, Dragon Con 2010

 

“Always Bet on Snack: Snickers Viral Marketing, Mythopoetics, and the Politics of Exclusion,” Southeastern Conference for the Study of Religion, Annual Conference 2010

 

“Excavating the Sacred Self: A Response to Gary Laderman’s Sacred Matters,” Southeastern Conference for the Study of Religion, Annual Conference 2010

 

“A Decaf, Grande, Non-fat Life? Self-Transformation and Identity-building at Starbucks Coffee Company,” American Academy of Religion, Annual Conference 2008

 

“Better than the Leading Brand of Religion: A Critical Analysis of Leonard Sweet’s Gospel According to Starbucks,” 2007 Georgia State University Religious Studies Student Symposium.

 

Publications

 

“The Way We Worked…” In Fabricating Origins (forthcoming), edited by Russell T. McCutcheon.  Sheffield, UK: Equinox Publishing Ltd., 2014.

 

“To Tweet or Not To Tweet? Social Media in the Classroom.” Bulletin for the Study of Religion 43, no. 1 (2014): 40-41.

 

Digital Scholarship

 

2011-Present Contributor, Blog for the Bulletin for the Study of Religion, http://www.equinoxpub.com/blog/category/james-dennis-lorusso/
 

2011

 

Contributor, Religion Dispatches,

http://www.religiondispatches.org/contributors/dennislorusso/

 

2010-Present

 

Contributor, ReligionNerd

http://religionnerd.com/category/contributor/james-dennis-lorusso/

 

 

 

 

Professional Affiliations and Activities

 

2006-Present             American Academy of Religion

 

2006-Present             Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion

 

2013-Present             North American Association for the Study of Religion

 

2014-Present             Academy of Management (Management, Spirituality, and Religion Interest Group)

 

2013-14                     Laney Graduate School Graduate Student Giving Committee

 

2007                           President, Georgia State Religious Studies Student Forum

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