Dr. Brian Bennett
Professor of Religious Studies
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Originally from San José, California, Dr. Bennett earned his B.A. from Princeton summa cum laude and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
Bennett is a comparativist whose research examines the interplay between different religions, languages, and scripts, with some projects centered on Russia and others of a wider scope. He has published two books:
- Religion and Language in Post-Soviet Russia (Routledge 2011) focuses on Church Slavonic - церковнославянский язык
- Sacred Languages of the World: An Introduction (Wiley 2017) surveys Latin, Pali, Arabic, Sanskrit, Hebrew, Coptic, etc.
His current work looks at Latin in Russian cultural history:
- "When Russians Spoke Latin," published in the Jesuit magazine America
- "Petropolis: The Place of Latin in Early Modern Russia"
Another project, tentatively titled The World of Braille, explores the devotional and cross-cultural significance of the tactile writing system.
Dr. Bennett's courses include the following:
- Introduction to Religion
- World Religions
- Comparative Religion
- Religion and Language
- Topic: Religion and Design
- Topic: Cults
- Topic: Religion & Revolution in Russia