Courtney Bender

Courtney Bender is Professor of Religion at Columbia University. 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 a co-editor of volumes focused on religious pluralism, secular-spiritual practices, and the sociology of religion. She has served as the co-chair of the SSRC's Working Group on Spirituality, Political Engagement, and Public Life and chair of the SSRC’s grant program, New Directions in the Study of Prayer. Read Courtney Bender's contributions to The new gurus, Taxing yoga, and Reflections on summer reading. Read Nathan Schneider's interview with Courtney Bender. Follow our discussion of The New Metaphysicals.