Courtney J. Bender

Courtney J. Bender
Chair, Department of Religion
+1 212 851 4134
Campus Phone: 
MS 1-4134
103, 80 Claremont Avenue
Office Hours: 
By appointment
80 Claremont, Room 202, Mail Code: 9610,United States
Areas of Interest: 
Cultural Sociology, Religion, Theory

Ph.D., Princeton, 1997

Biographical Note: 
Courtney Bender is an associate professor of Religion at Columbia University. An ethnographer and qualitative sociologist, Bender's primary research fields are the sociology of religion and culture, social theory, and North American religious history. She received her B.A. at Swarthmore College and her Ph.D. in Sociology at Princeton University.  Bender is the author of The New Metaphysicals: Spirituality and the American Religious Imagination  (University of Chicago Press 2010), Winner of the 2010 AAP PROSE Award for Excellence in Scholarly Publishing in Theology/Religious Studies. She is also author of Heaven's Kitchen: Living Religion at God's Love We Deliver (University of Chicago Press 2003). She is also co-editor with Pamela Klassen of After Pluralism: Reimagining Models of Interreligious Engagement (Columbia University Press 2010) and co-editor with Ann Taves of What Matters? Ethnographies of Value in a Not So Secular Age

(Columbia University Press forthcoming 2012), as well as numerous book chapters and journal articles.