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

"My work helps undergraduate students understand and appreciate the social and ethical aspects of engineering practice."

Benjamin Joseph Laugelli, Lecturer

I have a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies. I am currently a lecturer in the University of Virginia’s Department of Engineering and Society, where I teach courses on the social and ethical aspects of engineering practice. In addition to overseeing about four hundred engineering undergraduates a semester and leading a team of graduate teaching associates, I have given lectures on technology and religion and on religious technologies such as Japanese pagodas, Gothic cathedrals, and the Dome of the Rock. I also teach a summer course on technology and the Frankenstein myth. In addition, I moonlight in the Department of Religious Studies, where I teach courses on the Hebrew Bible, biblical monsters, and biblical novellas. I have also taught 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 focuses on technology as religious expression, technology and science fiction, technology and monster theory, and biblical allusion in early Judaism and Christianity and in modern popular culture.

Awards

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

Research Interests

  • Science, Technology and Society

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
  • STS 2500: Technology and the Frankenstein Myth
  • STS 4500: STS and Engineering Practice
  • STS 4600: The Engineer, Ethics, and Professional Responsibility