Matthew Engelke

Matthew Engelke is a professor in the Department of Religion and director of the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life at Columbia University. Before arriving at Columbia, he taught in the department of anthropology at the London School of Economics (2002-2018). His research has focused on Christianity in Zimbabwe and in Britain, as well as, most recently, secular humanism in Britain, covering such topics as media, ritual, materiality, and death. He is the author of A Problem of Presence: Beyond Scripture in an African Church (California, 2007); God’s Agents: Biblical Publicity in Contemporary England (California, 2013); and Think Like an Anthropologist (Penguin, 2017; published as How to Think Like an Anthropologist in the US, by Princeton, in 2018). He is currently writing a book about humanist funerals in London.

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