Lisa Sideris

Professor, Department of Religious Studies

(812) 855-3531
College of Arts & Sciences / Dept. of Religious Studies
IU Bloomington
Sycamore Hall Rm 227
107 S Indiana Ave
Bloomington, IN


  • Ph.D., Indiana University, 2000


Professor Sideris's research focuses on environmental ethical issues at the intersection of religion and culture, and particularly at the intersection of religious and scientific worldviews. Her interests include the conflict and compatibility between Darwinian perspectives on nature and natural processes, and religious-ethical claims about the natural world and its value. Her first monograph examined the vexed relationship between Darwinian and religious interpretations of struggle and suffering in the natural world. More recently, her work has focused on the life and legacy of environmental pioneer Rachel Carson. She is currently writing about science-based forms of environmental spirituality and the role of wonder in discourse about nature and the scientific enterprise. Sideris teaches courses that pertain to environmental ethics; religion and animals; peaking resources and climate change; Darwin, religion, and ethics; and bioethics.

Courses Taught

  • REL-D350 Religion, Ethics, and the Environment


  • Environmental Ethics, Ecological Theology, and Natural Selection (Columbia University Press, 2003).

  • Rachel Carson: Legacy and Challenge (SUNY Press, 2008) with Kathleen Dean Moore.

  • “Fact and Fiction, Fear and Wonder: The Legacy of Rachel Carson.” Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal 91 (3-4) 2009.

  • "'I See You': Interspecies Empathy and Avatar." Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture. Vol 4 (4) 2010.

Research Interests

  • Religion and Nature

  • Environmental and Animal Ethics

  • Science and Religion

  • Evolution controversies

  • Religion and Bioethics

  • Environmental History and Literature

Other Activities

  • Director, Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics and Society (CSRES)