Dean Richard England - A Bit of background 


I taught for many years at Salisbury University where I also directed the Honors Program. I study science in controversies in which there are competing claimants for the laurels of cultural authority. As a historian I have particularly focused on the late nineteenth century. So for instance, I have explore Victorian efforts to reconcile the first chapters of Genesis with modern science; controversies over vivisection; and arguments over the nature of knowledge at the Metaphysical Society (1869-1880),

I am also interested in  twenty-first century controversies, such as debates over evolution, climate change, genetic modification, and pollutants. 

My other main scholarly interest, particularly in recent years, is Honors pedagogy and Honors programs in general, as you can see from a list of my recent essays below. 

If you have really run out of fun things to look at on the internet, you could check out my short C.V., or look at the essays below. 



Assorted Scholarly and Popular Writings with Links where Available

This list is intended to supplement my C.V. and provide links to some material which is either readily available online or to provide context. Some of the short essays in the Saunterer are really just for fun, but I enjoyed writing them!

The Helmholtz Maneuver, or The Idea of (Honors in) a University.” Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council 12.2 (2011), 59-63.

Science, Religion and Natural Theology. Ed. with Jude Nixon (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2011). vol. 3 of an 8 vol. series on Victorian Science and Literature.

"What is Honors?" Introductory essay published in the May 2011 Saunterer (newsletter of Salisbury University's Bellavance Honors Program)

"Requirements," 2011 Commentary published on the Northeast Regional Honors Council Online Newsletter.

Creation, Evolution, and the included middle,”Endeavour 33 (2009) : Review of Peter Bowler, Monkey Trials and Gorilla Sermons (Harvard University Press, 2009) 117-118.

"The Dissonance Engine," Introductory essay published in the May 2009 Saunterer (newsletter of Salisbury University's Bellavance Honors Program)

Honors Programs in Four-year Institutions in the Northeast: A Preliminary Survey toward a National Inventory of Honors.” Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council 11.2 (2010), 71-82.

Plato among the Plagiarists: The Plagiarist as Perpetrator and Victim.” Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council 9.2 (2008), 35-7.

“Interpreting Scripture, Assimilating Science: Four Anglo-Saxon Christian Darwinists on the Meaning of Evolution.” in Interpreting Nature & Scripture: History of a Dialogue in the Abrahamic Religions, ed. Jitse M. van der Meer & Scott H. Mandelbrote , 2 vols. (Leiden: Brill, 2008), vol. 2, 183-223.

Design after Darwin: 1860-1900. 4 vol. primary reference set, ed. (Bristol: Thoemmes, 2003)
"Natural Selection, Teleology, and the Logos: Adaptation and Natural Law from Darwin to the Oxford Neo-Darwinists." Osiris 16 (Science in Theistic Contexts) (2001), 270-287.

University of Toronto Quarterly 72 (2002). Review of Donald Forsdyke, The Origin of Species Revisited .
"Natural Selection before the Origin" Journal of the History of Biology, 30 (1997), 267-90.