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Key Researcher

Lucas (Luke) Johnston

Assistant Professor

Dr. Johnston’s interdisciplinary educational background includes degrees in Religion and Nature (PhD), Environmental Ethics (Graduate Certificate), Theology (MA), and Psychology (BA).  His research focuses on the relationships between biocultural evolution and religion, with particular attention to environmental social movements and cross-cultural political dialog related to ideas about nature.  He is the author of Religion and Sustainability: Social Movements and the Politics of the Environment (2013), co-editor of Science and Religion: One Planet, Many Possibilities (2014), and editor of Higher Education for Sustainability: Cases, Challenges and Opportunities Across the Curriculum (2012).  Other current research projects include:

  • an exploration of Moravian environmental ethics, particularly as they relate to the history of the North Carolina Piedmont
  • the emergence of environmental and social activism among performance-oriented subcultures

He currently serves as the Senior Book Reviews Editor for the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture and the Co-Chair of the Religion and Ecology Group of the American Academy of Religion.