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Daniel Gorman, Jr.

Track: PhD, 2021
Advisor: Joan Shelley Rubin

Major Fields: American Religions, U.S. Culture Post-1865
Minor Fields: U.S. History and the World I (1492–1865), U.S. History and the World II (1865–Present)

Curriculum Vitae


American History

Research Interests

I study the history of religion and culture in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century United States. I have a strong interest in new and "counter" narratives of American religion that move away from the longstanding academic emphasis on Protestantism. Much of my work deals with communication and the ways that people convey their ideas through media. My dissertation will explore Spiritualism, hoaxes, and the attempts of social scientists to explore the paranormal. Outside of my primary research, I am interested in digital history, political history, East Asian 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


    • Instructor: “Cults, Chakras, & Crunchy Granola: New Age Religions in America,” 4.0-credit summer course, University of Rochester, July 2019. 
    • Teaching Assistantships: “Hitler’s Germany,” Prof. Tom Fleischman, Spring 2019.
    • Fall 2018: Teaching Assistant for: "Wives, Women, & Wenches: Women in American History," Prof. Brianna Theobald, University of Rochester, Dept. of History. 
    • December 1, 2016: Guest Lecturer for: “Anthropology of Tourism,” Visiting Prof. Magdalena Banaszkiewicz, University of Rochester, Dept. of Political Science. 
    • March 16, 2016: Guest Lecturer for: “The Renaissance Atlantic,” Prof. Cristina Soriano, Villanova University, Dept. of History. 


    • 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.