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Daniel Gorman, Jr.

Track: PhD, 2021
Adviser: Joan Shelley Rubin

Major Fields: Religion, U.S. & Atlantic Culture Post-1865
Minor Fields: U.S. History and the World I, U.S. History and the World II



American History

Research Interests

I study the history of religion and culture in the nineteenth-century United States, with particular interests in counternarratives of American religion, popular culture, print media, immigration, and "new religions." Much of my work deals with communication and the ways that people convey their ideas in various media. My dissertation will explore Spiritualism, hoaxes, and the attempts of social scientist to explore the paranormal. Outside of my primary research, I am interested in digital history, political discourse, East Asian cultural history, space travel, and music.


M.A., History, University of Rochester, 2017
M.A., History, Distinction, Villanova University, 2016
B.A., History (Highest Distinction, Christopher Lasch Fellow in American History), Religion (Honors in Research, Highest Distinction), University of Rochester, 2014

Selected Publications

  • Seminar in American Religion: American Jesuits and the World…” Bulletin of the British Association for the Study of Religions No. 131 (Nov. 2017): 33–34.
  • The Center of the Mormon World: The Hill Cumorah Pageant.” Sacred Matters, August 30, 2017.
  • Podcast Interviews. The Religious Studies Project, May 2017–Present.
  • The Resistance Files: How to Fight Censorship in the Age of Trump.” Historista (Megan Kate, April 6, 2017.
  • "Divine Dimes: My Adventures Down the Rabbit Hole of Religious Pulp Literature." Common-place 16, No. 3 (Summer 2016).
  • Review of "After Appomattox: Military Occupation and the Ends of War" by Gregory P. Downs. Past Tense: Graduate Review of History 4, No. 1 (Spring 2016): 70–71.
  • Review of "The Ordeal of the Reunion: A New History of Reconstruction" by Mark Wahlgren Summers. Essays in History 57 (2015).
  • "The Untold Stories of Mormonism Exposed: Material Culture, Dime Novels, and Mormonism in American Society." Concept: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Graduate Studies 38 (2015): 18-45.
  • "Candid Ken and the Cuban Crisis: Senator Kenneth Keating, the Red Menace, and the Missile Crisis of 1962." Proceedings of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research 2014 (2014): 105–115.
  • "Revisiting Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Myth." Intermountain West Journal of Religious Studies 5, No. 1, Spring 2014 (2014): 72–88.
  • "The Joy of Piracy: Ned Buntline, Mark Twain, And The Black Avenger Of The Spanish Main." Proceedings of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research 2013 (2013): 574–582.
  • "Giving Us Courage: The Political Rhetoric of Franklin Delano Roosevelt." Proceedings of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research 2012 (2012): 570–577.


  • December 1, 2016: Guest Lecturer for: “Anthropology of Tourism,” Visiting Prof. Magdalena Banaszkiewicz, University of Rochester.
  • March 16, 2016: Guest Lecturer for “The Renaissance Atlantic,” Prof. Cristina Soriano, Villanova University.
  • January – May 2012: Teaching Assistant for “The West and the World,” Prof. Celia Applegate, University of Rochester.


  • 2017 Knapp Family Foundation Travel Grant for the Association for Jewish Studies 49th Annual Conference.
  • 2016–18 Slattery Fellowship, University of Rochester.
  • 2016 Villanova Graduate Studies Travel Award.
  • 2014–16 Villanova University Tuition Scholarships.
  • 2014 Elected to Phi Beta Kappa Society.
  • 2014 Graduating Student Marshal at the 164th Commencement Exercises, University of Rochester.
  • 2013 Beinecke Scholarship from the Sperry Fund.