Current Fellow


Daniel Silliman - American Studies
Linwood House - 112
daniel.silliman@valpo.edu

Fall Classes: Christ College Freshman Program, "Texts and Contexts" 

Biography:

Daniel Silliman is a U.S. historian, his research focusing on religion in American culture. He earned a BA from Hillsdale College and then, after a few years as a newspaper reporter, moved to Germany, where he studied American Studies. He earned an MA from the University of Tübingen and a doctorate from Heidelberg University, where he also taught American religious history for five years at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies. Silliman’s dissertation, “Fictions of Belief,” tells the story of how bestselling evangelical fiction shaped evangelicals’ imagination and identity. His has also written on how evangelicals imagine the Bible, the economic history of the Left Behind novels, the Heidelberg Catechism in America, and Reformed interpretations of World War I. His popular writing appears regularly in the Washington Post.

Recent Publications: 

Peer-Reviewed Articles

“Reading the Supernatural in Contemporary American Ethnic and Christian Fiction.” Co-written with Jan Stievermann. REAL: Yearbook of Research in English and American Literature 31 (2015): 101-126.

“The Possibility of Secularity and the Material History of Fiction.” Claremont Journal of Religion 3.1 (2013): 20-39.

“Der Heidelberger Katechismus in Nordamerika: Vom Bürgerkrieg bis heute.” Evangelische Theologie 72.6 (2013): 445-457.

Book Chapters

“The Bible in the Evangelical Imagination.” In The Bible in American Life, edited by Philip Goff, Arthur E. Farnsley III, and Peter Thuesen, 305-315. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.

“Publishers and Profit Motives: The Economic History of Left Behind.” In Religion and the Marketplace in the United States, edited by Jan Stievermann, Philip Goff, Detlef Junker, Anthony Santoro, and Daniel Silliman, 165-188. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.

“General Introduction.” Co-written with Jan Stievermann and Philip Goff. In Religion and the Marketplace in the United States, edited by Jan Stievermann Philip Goff, Detlef Junker, Anthony Santoro, and Daniel Silliman, 1-19. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.

“Providence in the US Reformed Interpretations of the Great War.” In Der Erste Weltkrieg und die reformierte Welt, edited by Hans-Georg Ulrichs, 345-356.        Neukirchener, 2014.

Edited Volumes

Religion and the Marketplace in the United States. Co-edited with Jan Stievermann, Philip Goff, Detlef Junker, and Anthony Santoro. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.

Amerikastuden (American Studies Quarterly) Special Issue: Religion and the Marketplace in the United States. Co-edited with Jan Stievermann and Anthony Santoro. 59.2.

 

Professor Silliman's personal web page can be found here.

Professor Silliman's complete biography

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