Courtney Bender

Courtney 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, Professor of Religion at Columbia University, is 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.  She is the author of Heaven's Kitchen: Living Religion at God's Love We Deliver (University of Chicago Press 2003), The New Metaphysicals: Spirituality and the American Religious Imagination (University of Chicago Press 2010) and the co-editor of volumes on religious pluralism, secularism, and the sociology of religion. She recently served as the chair of the Social Science Research Council's research program New Directions in the Study of Prayer (2011-15). Bender’s current research investigates on the contributions of early twentieth century modernist movements to American spiritual cultures.