SSRC Staff

Jonathan VanAntwerpen

Program Director,
Religion & the Public Sphere; Digital Culture

Bio

Jonathan VanAntwerpen is director of the Council's new Digital Culture program, director of the Religion and the Public Sphere program, and editor-in-chief of The Immanent Frame. Originally trained as a philosopher, he received his doctorate in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. Since joining the SSRC in 2006, he has developed and directed an array of initiatives on religion and public life, with a particular focus on religion, secularism, and international affairs. An earlier project on politics and spirituality led to the collaborative and experimental Frequencies, while a grants program on the interdisciplinary study of prayer is linked to Reverberations. In 2012-2013, VanAntwerpen served as the SSRC’s interim director of communications, and for the past several years he has been a visiting scholar at New York University’s Institute for Public Knowledge.

In concert with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Interfaith Center of New York, and Princeton University, VanAntwerpen organizes exploratory consultations and other events on religion and the United Nations, bringing together academic researchers, NGO actors, and representatives of UN agencies. He led the SSRC team that developed plans for the Council’s African Peacebuilding Network, and he is a senior advisor for Contending Modernities, a multi-year, interdisciplinary research and education initiative based at Notre Dame University’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

VanAntwerpen is coeditor of a series of edited volumes on secularism and religion, including Habermas and Religion (Polity, 2013), Rethinking Secularism (Oxford University Press, 2011), The Post-Secular in Question (NYU Press, 2012), The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere (Columbia University Press, 2011), and Varieties of Secularism in a Secular Age (Harvard University Press, 2010). He has also written on secularism and transitional justice, philanthropy and the politics of reconciliation, American higher education, and the history of sociology.

Programs and Projects

New Directions in the Study of Prayer
(Program Director)
Religion and International Affairs
(Program Director)
The Immanent Frame
(Program Director)
Digital Culture
(Program Director)
Religion and the Public Sphere
(Program Director)
Reverberations
(Program Director)