Steven Barrie-Anthony

Research Fellow
Program Director, Public Theologies of Technology and Presence

Steven Barrie-Anthony is a researcher, teacher, and author in the area of contemporary American religion and public life. He is Director and Principal Investigator of Public Theologies of Technology and Presence, a program supported by the Henry Luce Foundation that gathers and funds leading scholars of religion and journalists for projects examining technologies’ impacts on human relationships. The program also includes collaborations with technologists.

Barrie-Anthony’s research has appeared in numerous scholarly volumes and he has published more than 100 essays in popular venues such as The Atlantic and the Los Angeles Times. He was formerly a staff writer with the LA Times, where he developed the technology and culture beat and where his articles were often syndicated across many media outlets nationally and internationally. He is a Visiting Scholar with the UC Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion. He also has a psychotherapy private practice in Albany, California.

Degrees and Certifications:
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
B.A., Occidental College, Los Angeles

Research and Teaching Interests:
Religion and Technology
Religion and Media
Sociology of Religion
Religion and Medicine/Healing
Tibetan Buddhist Medicine
Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis

Recent Publications:
“Christianity in the English-Speaking West” (with Wade Clark Roof). The International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd ed. Editor James D. Wright. New York: Elsevier Science (2015).
“Alternative Medicine in the Press.” The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the American News Media. Editor Diane Winston. New York: Oxford University Press (2012).
“Hare Krishna”; and “Heaven’s Gate.” The Encyclopedia of Global Studies. Editors Mark Juergensmeyer and Helmet Anheier. New York: Sage (2011).
“Reciprocal Totalism: The Toxic Interdependence of Anticult and Cult Violence” (with Dick Anthony and Thomas Robbins). Violence and New Religious Movements. Editor James R. Lewis. New York: Oxford University Press (2011).

Courses Taught:
Technology and Human Presence (CERS-4875)