Courtney Bender

Professor of Religion Columbia 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 with Pamela Klassen of After Pluralism: Reimagining Models of Interreligious Engagement (Columbia University Press 2010). She currently serves as the co-chair of the Social Science Research Council's initiative on Spirituality, Political Engagement and Public Life, funded by the Ford Foundation.