Courtney Bender

Professor of Religion

Columbia University

Courtney Bender, Professor (B.A. Swarthmore College; Ph.D. Princeton University). Professor Bender's research focuses on the social and cultural processes that shape religious practice, experience and interaction in contemporary American life. Professor Bender 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. In addition to pursuing research for a new project titled Secular Temples, she currently serves as the chair of the Social Science Research Council's research program New Directions in the Study of Prayer (2011-15).