Director of Communications; Program Director,
Religion & the Public Sphere; Editorial/Communications
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: (718) 517-3682
Jonathan VanAntwerpen is the SSRC's director of communications and director of Council programs on Religion and the Public Sphere. Since joining the SSRC in January 2006, he has directed projects on religion and international affairs, on the religious lives of American undergraduates, on spirituality and political engagement, and on the interdisciplinary study of prayer.
VanAntwerpen is co-editor of a series of books on secularism and religion, including Habermas and Religion (Polity, forthcoming), 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 higher education (with David L. Kirp), on the history of sociology (with Craig Calhoun and Troy Duster), and on globalization, philanthropy, and the politics of reconciliation. He is co-editor (with Michael Burawoy) of Producing Public Sociology: Contributions from Berkeley Faculty, senior editor for Frequencies, and editor-in-chief of The Immanent Frame.
In concert with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Interfaith Center of New York, VanAntwerpen conducts a series of ongoing consultations on religion and the United Nations, bringing together academic researchers, NGO actors, and representatives of UN agencies to discuss peacebuilding, development, gender, and related issues. He led the SSRC team that developed plans for a recently launched project on peacebuilding in Africa, and has worked collaboratively to build and edit a new digital forum on “Possible Futures” (linked to the SSRC book series of the same name).
VanAntwerpen received his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently a visiting scholar at New York University’s Institute for Public Knowledge.
Programs and Projects
- Habermas and Religion, eds. Craig Calhoun, Eduardo Mendieta and Jonathan VanAntwerpen (Forthcoming).
- The Post-Secular in Question: Religion in Contemporary Society, eds. Philip S. Gorski, David Kyuman Kim, John Torpey and Jonathan VanAntwerpen (2012), http://nyupress.org/books/book-details.aspx?bookId=10836.
- Rethinking Secularism, eds. Craig Calhoun, Mark Juergensmeyer and Jonathan VanAntwerpen (2011), http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/ReligionTheology/SociologyofReligion/?view=usa&ci=9780199796687.