David F. Mihalyfy
BA, 2002, Harvard College; MTS, 2006, Harvard Divinity School, 2006; PhD, 2017 (expected), University of Chicago. Publications: Le Muséon. Web Publications: Jacobin, Counterpunch, Inside Higher Ed, Religion Dispatches, the jonestown report. Reviews: Journal of Religion, Nova Religio (forthcoming).
- "Vestiges of Partially Justifiable Paranoia: How the Illuminati Birthed 'German Biblical Scholarship'." Prepared for publication.
- "The Spread and Scope of the American Illuminati Controversy, 1797–1802: New England Players on a National Stage." Prepared for publication.
- "Re-evaluating Spelling and Pronunciation in Coptic: A Case for the Intervocalic and Post-nasal Allophonic Voicing of Obstruents." Le Muséon 125.3–4 (2012): 267–306.
- Two-part series on America's Unlicensed Rehab Groups. Forthcoming.
- "Gravity vs. Richard Dawkins." The Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion's Sightings (13 March 2014).
- "Our Lady of Contrition?: New Madonna Tour Explores Transgression and Repentance." The Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion's Sightings (11 October 2012).
- "Whatever's Possessed Nicki Minaj?: One Rapper's Riff on the Demonic." The Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion's Sightings (24 May 2012).
- "Errol Morris' Tabloid Sensationalizes Mormonism and 'Cult' Deprogramming." Religion Dispatches (20 July 2011).
- Two-part series "NRM Teaching Challenges"—"Thinking Along with Peoples Temple Survivors", "Reflections on Combatting Dehumanization." the jonestown report (November 2014 and 2015).
Popular—Academic Policy and Reform:
- "#realacademicbios Deserve Real Reform." Counterpunch (5 February 2016).
- "Higher Ed's Scrutiny Gap: Is Corruption Getting a Free Pass?" Counterpunch (13 November 2015).
- "Reform Higher Ed?: Treat Badmin Like Bankers." Counterpunch (26 August 2015).
- "Higher Education's Aristocrats." Jacobin (27 September 2014).
- "Higher Ed's For-Profit Future." Jacobin (7 June 2014).
- "Regilding the Ivory Tower." Inside Higher Ed (18 June 2013).
- Variety, cryptic crossword "Troubled Times". Forthcoming.
- Matthew Sitman, "A Space Theodicy." Andrew Sullivan's The Dish (23 March 2014).
Popular—Academic Policy and Reform:
- Steven R. Strahler, "The bill is coming due for U of C's expansion." Crain's Chicago Business (30 May 2015).
- George Leef, "If the University of Chicago were a Business..." Phi Beta Cons blog of the National Review (29 September 2014).
- Claire Potter, "Today's Quiz: What is the Difference Between a Non-Profit and a For-Profit?" Tenured Radical blog of the Chronicle of Higher Education (9 June 2014).
- Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting. Presenter—"Vestiges of Partially Justifiable Paranoia: How Anti-Illuminati Polemics Birthed 'German Biblical Scholarship'." Baltimore, MD (24 November 2013).
Academic Presentations Beyond the University
- Nerd Nite Chicago. Lecturer—"So How Do We Know What Dead Languages Sounded Like, Anyways?" Villains Bar & Grill, Chicago, IL (28 April 2011).
- Sex+++ Documentary Film Series. Introducer, Guest Facilitator for Equality U Post-film Discussion on Homosexuality and the Bible. Jane Addams Hull House, Chicago, IL (25 August 2009).
- Documentary Producer / Director Maggie Bowman (Hard Earned, Kartemquin/Al Jazeera America). Meeting on student debt crisis as journalistic background for project-in-development (30 January 2016).
- Daily Californian Academics and Administration Reporter Austin Weinstein. Phone conference on structural trends in higher education for "Lecturers in Limbo" (21 January 2016; published 12 February 2016).
- Background Extra. Empire 2.12 (airdate TBD).
- Background Extra (moviegoer in scene with Johnny Depp; "Upscale Man" in cut scene). Public Enemies, dir. Michael Mann (2009).
My broad swathes of interests stemming outward from the History of Christianity include:
- the Christian Bible and its interpretation.
- "Religion in America".
- New Religious Movements (= a subdiscipline emerging from a mid-20th c. concern with "cults").
- Contemporary sexual subcultures.
Additionally, as a professional and civic service, I publish actively on higher education reform, and occasionally provide informed commentary on religion in the public eye.
In the classroom, I teach from a strict social science perspective (e.g. historical and ethnographic analysis), but I very much hope that students integrate this knowledge into other aspects of their lives, from their artistic practices to social activism.
Also, I regularly attend cinema, purely as an appreciative audience of the arts.
Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Institute.