Bio

​B.S. Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, James Madison University, 1996​M.A. Religious Studies, University of Virginia, 2009​Ph.D. Religious Studies, University of Virginia, 2014

I have a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies. While in graduate school I began teaching in the University of Virginia’s Department of Engineering and Society, where I am currently an assistant professor.

I teach courses on social and ethical aspects of engineering design and practice, including:

STS 1500: Technology, Society, and Contemporary Issues - Designing for a Sustainable World

STS 2500: Technology and the Frankenstein Myth

STS 2500: The LEGO Course

STS 4500: STS and Engineering Practice

STS 4600: The Engineer, Ethics, and Professional Responsibility

I have also taught courses on the Hebrew Bible, biblical monsters, and biblical novellas in the Department of Religious Studies, academic writing in the Department of English, as well as critical theory and skills of research and writing for the College of Arts and Sciences' Transition Program.

My research interests include technology and religion, technology and science fiction, design and values, and design and sustainability. 

Awards

  • Dissertation Writing Grant for service rendered to the Department of Religious Studies, U.Va. 2012

Research Interests

  • Science, technology and society: technology and religion, technology and science fiction, design and values, and design and sustainability

Selected Publications

  • "'Framing' the Book of Job: Teaching at the Intersection of Biblical Studies and Academic Writing" in Teaching the Bible in the Liberal Arts Classroom, Vol. 2 (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2015). Benjamin Joseph Laugelli, Jane S. Webster and Glenn S. Holland, eds.
  • "Teaching at the Intersection of Biblical Studies and Monster Theory." Paper to be presented at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting: Teaching Biblical Studies in an Undergraduate Liberal Arts Context; Atlanta, GA: Nov 22, 2015. Benjamin Joseph Laugelli
  • "Teaching at the Intersection of Biblical Studies and Academic Writing." Paper presented at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting: Teaching Biblical Studies in an Undergraduate Liberal Arts Context; San Diego, CA: Nov 24, 2014. Benjamin Joseph Laugelli
  • "Teaching at the Intersection of Engineering and the Liberal Arts." Paper presented at the Eighth Symposium on Engineering and Liberal Education; Schenectady, NY: June 6, 2015 Benjamin Joseph Laugelli, co-authored with Peter Westin, Douglass Reed, and Bernard Carlson.
  • "Mark's Monstrous Beasts: Reading Allusion to Daniel 7 in Mark 1.13." Paper presented at the Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting: Bible and Empire; St. Andrews, Scotland: July 11, 2013. Benjamin Joseph Laugelli

Courses Taught

  • STS 1500: Science, Technology, and Contemporary Issues - Designing for a Sustainable World
  • STS 2500: Technology and the Frankenstein Myth
  • STS 2500: The LEGO Course
  • STS 4500: STS and Engineering Practice
  • STS 4600: The Engineer, Ethics, and Professional Responsibility