Jana Bennett

Dr Jana Bennett is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Dayton.



Based at the University of Dayton since 2008, Dr Bennett gives frequent lectures on disability, technology and religious thought. 

Also the managing editor for Disability and Religion, Dr Bennett is the author of several books and articles on technology and disability in religion.

Dr Bennett gives public lectures on a range of topics including marriage and sexuality, war and peace, environmental care, and Christian asceticism.

I’m interested in discussing the leadership potential of higher education chaplains for cultivating good digital and religious communities that engage students, faculty, and staff with disabilities.

Jana Bennett

Dr Bennett's research interests include:

  • Contemplation as moral theology
  • Marriage, singleness, and sexuality
  • Bioethics with a focus on disability
  • Feminism and moral theology

Other interests include thinking about new forms of community for the 21st century, as in Singleness and the Church: A New Theology of Singleness (Oxford University Press, 2017).

Selected publications

  • Bennett, J. (2017) Singleness and the Church: Toward a New Theology of Singleness. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Bennett, J. (2017) 'Blessed Silence: Explorations in Christian Contemplation and Hearing Loss', Journal of Moral Theology, 6 (2), pp. 138-157
  • Bennett, J. (2015) 'We Do Not Know How to Love: Observations on Theology, Technology and Disability', Journal of Moral Theology, 4 (1), pp. 90-110
  • Bennett, J. (2008) Water is Thicker than Blood: An Augustinian Theology of Marriage and Singleness. Oxford: Oxford University Press

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