Courtney Bender

Courtney Bender

Research Interest


Ph.D., Sociology, Princeton University, 1997
M.A., Sociology, Princeton University, 1993
B.A., Religion and Sociology & Anthropology, Swarthmore College, 1991


Courtney Bender is the author of Heaven’s Kitchen: Living Religion at God’s Love We Deliver and The New Metaphysicals: Spirituality and the American Religious Imagination and is the co-editor of collective volumes on secularism and spirituality, religious pluralism, critical approaches to the sociology of religion, and other topics. She is completing a book on modernist projects to promote the religion of the future that developed in twentieth century architectural and urban planning projects. 

Recent Publications

The Abyss or Life is Simple: Reading Knausgaard Writing Religion. Courtney Bender, Jeremy Biles, Liane Carlson, Joshua Dubler, Hannah Garvey, M. Cooper Harriss, Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, Erik Thorstensen.  University of Chicago Press, 2022 

“New York’s 1920’s Religious Horizons.” Grey Room. 88 (Summer 2022): 78-101.

“Mrs. Rockefeller’s Exquisite Corpse.” Comparative Studies in Society and History. 2021. 63 (4): 1-30.