Dr. Brian Bennett

Dr. Brian Bennett

Professor of Religious Studies

(716) 286-8454


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:

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