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Daniel Gorman, Jr.

PhD, 2023
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)

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Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

I study religion and culture in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century United States. I have a strong interest in narratives that complicate the longstanding academic emphasis on Protestantism and showcase the religious diversity of American communities. My dissertation explores nineteenth-century Spiritualism and the movement's implications for science, religion, and public morality in the U.S.


Phantom Luminaries: Spiritualism and Paranormal Investigators in the Age of Disruption


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 of Record, “Digital History,” undergraduate course, Rochester Institute of Technology, Spring 2022.
  • Instructor of Record, “Contested Futures: Religion and Science in the United States,” undergraduate course, University of Rochester, Fall 2021
  • 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. 


  • 2018 David T. Kearns Professional Development Diversity Travel Award, University of Rochester Kearns Center.
  • 2019–21 Andrew W. Mellon Digital Humanities Fellowship.
  • 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions Student Scholarship.
  • 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.


  • I grew up in the Hudson Valley north of New York City. Over the years I've volunteered for several political campaigns.
  • I am exploring both academic and non-academic careers in which I can use my research training.
  • What I like best about Rochester is Rochester's library resources — physical and digital collections, research opportunities, professional workshops, digital media equipment, and archives — are extraordinary. Collaboration between our faculty and students and the River Campus librarians make this a great place to study history.