Scott Prinster


Advisor: Susan E. Lederer
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Scott Prinster


Scott’s dissertation explores the scientific critique of religious authority as higher biblical criticism spread in the United States. By examining scholarly and popular literature in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, he is tracing the use of scientific language among American Protestants both to support and to refute the use of the Bible as an authority on the natural order. His research also includes the rise of scientific authority in America and its interaction with religious authority, as well as the engagement of the public in the relationship between science and religion.


M.A., History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, University of Wisconsin, 2010
M.Div., Radical Reformation history, Starr King School for the Ministry, Berkeley, California, 1995
B.S., Physics, Purdue University, 1988


  • History of Science, Medicine, and Technology

Working Dissertation Title

  • “Reading the Bible Scientifically: Science and the Rise of Modern Biblical Criticism in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century America”. Advisor: Ronald Numbers

MA Title

  • “The Reception of Darwin’s Work in Hungary’s Nineteenth-Century Popular Press”. Advisor: Ronald Numbers. (completed 2010)

Courses Taught as TA

  • History of Science 201: History of Ancient and Medieval Science
  • History of Science 202: History of Science from Newton to Einstein
  • History of Science 203: History of Science in the Twentieth Century
  • Medical History & Bioethics 212: History of the Physicia

Courses Taught as Instructor

  • History of Science 394: Science in America