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Dr. Brian P. Bennett

Dr. Brian P. Bennett

Professor & Chair of Religious Studies

(716) 286-8454


Dr. Brian Bennett is Professor of Religious Studies and currently chair of the department.

Originally from California, Bennett earned his B.A. summa cum laude from Princeton and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.  He has been at NU since 2001.  He previously taught at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Bennett's research combines elements of comparative religion and sociolinguistics.  His book Religion and Language in Post-Soviet Russia (Routledge 2011; paperback edition 2016) examines the significance of Church Slavonic after Communism.  His current project (for Wiley Blackwell) is an introduction to sacred languages in the contemporary world, traversing Latin, Pali, Arabic, and other examples.  The connection between Esperanto and various religious/utopian movements is another topic of interest.

Bennett's courses include:

REL 101 Introduction to Religion
REL 206 World Religions
REL 250 Comparative Religion
REL 280 Religion/Language/Music
REL 399 Topic: Cults