Courtney Bender

Courtney Bender is a sociologist and scholar of American religions. She is the author of Heaven's Kitchen: Living Religion at God's Love We Deliver (University of Chicago Press, 2003) and The New Metaphysicals: Spirituality and the American Religious Imagination (University of Chicago Press, 2010) and the co-editor of several volumes on religious pluralism and the sociology of religion, including After Pluralism with Pamela Klassen (Columbia University Press) and Religion on the Edge (Oxford University Press) with Wendy Cadge, Peggy Levitt and David Smilde. She is currently at work on a two volume study of the religion of the future.

POSITIONS

Professor. Columbia University, Department of Religion. 2013- Courtesy appointment, Department of Sociology Associate Professor. Columbia University, Department of Religion. 2006-2013 Assistant Professor. Columbia University, Department of Religion. 1999-2006 Adjunct Assistant Professor. Columbia University, Department of Sociology. 1997

EDUCATION

Princeton University, Princeton New Jersey. 1991-1997 Ph.D. conferred November 1997. Sociology M.A. with Distinction, October 1993. Sociology Swarthmore College, Swarthmore Pennsylvania. 1987-1991 B.A. with Honors. Religion and Sociology & Anthropology