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Dr. Brian Bennett

Dr. Brian Bennett

Louis Braille Home-Museum (Coupvray, France)

Professor of Religious Studies

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Originally from San José, California, Dr. Bennett earned his B.A. summa cum laude from Princeton and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He has taught at NU since 2001.

Bennett is a comparativist whose research examines the relationship between different religions, languages, and scripts.

In 2021 he received Niagara's inaugural Excellence in Scholarship Award.

Select publications:

Current project:

  • "Braille Devotion" - religious uses of Braille in comparative perspective


  • REL 101 Introduction to Religion
  • REL 206 World Religions
  • REL 230 Monastery and Megachurch
  • REL 250 Comparative Religion
  • REL 280 Hieroglyphs to Hashtags 
  • REL 399 Topic: Cults
  • REL 399 Topic: Godless Utopia