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Gaymon Bennett

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Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Assistant Director, Research
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Lincoln Center Affiliated Faculty
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Biography

Gaymon Bennett is associate professor of religion, science, and technology at Arizona State University. He works on the problem of modernity in contemporary religion and biotechnology: its shifting moral economies, contested power relations, and uncertain modes of subjectivity. His book "Technicians of Human Dignity" (Fordham 2016) examines the figure of human dignity in 20th century international and religious politics and its current biopolitical reconfigurations. His co-authored book "Designing Human Practices: An Experiment with Synthetic Biology" (with P. Rabinow, Chicago, 2012) chronicles an anthropological experiment in ethics with engineers reimagining the boundary of biology and computation. And his co-authored "Sacred Cells? Why Christians Should Support Stem Cell Research" (with T. Peters and K. Lebacqz, Rowman & Littlefield, 2008) critically engages the early days of stem cell research and the unwitting role of religion in the secularization of life.

Gaymon has conducted multiple experiments in cross-disciplinary collaboration with contemporary biologists and bioengineers. He is a fellow of the Institute for the Future of Innovation in Society, and an affiliate faculty member wtih the Center for Jewish Studies, the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics at ASU. He is a co-founder and fellow of the Center for Biological Futures in the division of basic sciences at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He is also a principal of ARC [Anthropological Research on the Contemporary] and was a founding co-designer of the Human Practices Initiative at the multi-university Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (SynBERC). He led Human Practices at the International Open Facility Advancing Biotechnology (BIOFAB) at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs. These experiments emphasize collaborative empirical inquiry, a shift from theory to shared concept work, and sustained attention to the culture and politics of knowledge production.

Education
  • Ph.D Cultural Anthropology, UC Berkeley
  • Ph.D. Philosophical Theology, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley
Research Interests

Religion, Science, and Technology

Power and Modernity

Human Dignity and Biosecurity

Anthropology of the Contemporary

Biological Futures

Bioethics and Religion

Political Theology

Religion and Global Health

Publications
  • Gaymon Bennett and Anthony Stavrianakis. Science & Fabrications: On Synthetic Biology. Biosocieties (2014).
  • Gaymon Bennett. Nature Natured and Nature Denatured. (2014).
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 201Religion and the Modern World
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 493Honors Thesis
REL 598Special Topics
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 201Religion and the Modern World
REL 492Honors Directed Study
REL 501Research Mthds-Religious Study
SOS 590Reading and Conference
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 107Religion and Globalization
REL 394Special Topics
HON 394Special Topics
HST 493Honors Thesis
REL 690Reading and Conference
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 201Religion and the Modern World
REL 492Honors Directed Study
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 201Religion and the Modern World
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 405Problems in Religious Studies
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 201Religion and the Modern World
REL 492Honors Directed Study
REL 591Seminar
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 201Religion and the Modern World
REL 394Special Topics
BIO 394Special Topics
HON 394Special Topics
REL 690Reading and Conference
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 381Religion and Moral Issues
Presentations
  • Gaymon Bennett. The Moral Economy of Biotechnical Facility. Research Agendas in the & Societal Aspects of Synthetic Biology, National Science Foundation (Nov 2015).
  • Gaymon Bennett. Allopathic vs. Alternative Modes of Healing: Jewish Perspectives on Optimal Health. Annual Meeting of the Judaism, Science and Medicine Group (Oct 2014).
  • Gaymon Bennett. Big Data, Biology, and Security: Thoughts on Alienation and Empowerment. Big Data, Life Sciences, and National Security project of the AAAS and the FBI (Apr 2014).
  • Gaymon Bennett. The Malicious and the Uncertain: Ethics, Influenza, and the Anthropology of Global Health. Invited speaker at St. Louis University's Center for Bioethics (Feb 2014).
  • Gaymon Bennett. Augustine’s Grace: Dignity and the Body in a Space of Post-Genomics. Invited speaker at Boston University's School of Theology (Jan 2014).
Service
  • Consortium for Science and Policy Outcomes Faculty Search, Interviewer (2015 - Present)
  • Faculty Search Committee for new hire in Environmental Humanities, Committee Member (2015 - Present)
  • Committee on Undergraduate Education, Religious Studies, Committee Member (2015 - Present)
  • Science, Technology and Human Values, Reviewer (2014 - Present)
  • Somatosphere, Contributor (2013 - Present)
  • BioSocieties, Reviewer (2012 - Present)
  • The Hastings Center Report, Reviewer (2011 - Present)
  • The Journal of Systems and Synthetic Biology, Reviewer (2011 - Present)
  • Theory, Culture, Society, Reviewer (2010 - Present)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Expert Consultant for Big Data and Security Project (2015 - 2015)