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Dr. Brian P. Bennett

Moscow monument to Saints Cyril and Methodius, creators of the Cyrillic alphabet

Dr. Brian P. Bennett

Chair of Religious Studies



Dr. Brian Bennett is Professor of Religious Studies and currently chair of the department.

His courses include

  • REL 101 Introduction to Religion
  • REL 206 World Religions
  • REL 250 Comparative Religion
  • REL 280 Religion/Language/Music
  • REL 399 Topic: Cults

A native of California, Bennett earned his B.A. summa cum laude from Princeton and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He has taught at Niagara since 2001. Bennett is a comparativist whose research focuses on sacred languages. He has given presentations at international conferences in Amsterdam, Moscow, Berlin, Vienna, and Lisbon. His book, Religion and Language in Post-Soviet Russia (Routledge), examines the revival of Church Slavonic after Communism.