Assistant Professor of Religious & Ethical Studies; Director of Think Strong
Areas of Expertise
- My primary interest is in ethical theory and the relationship between subjectivity, ethics and relationships with others.
- My secondary interest is in the relationship between ethics, comedy and subjectivity, specifically, how laughter reveals character and how humor can be used as a means of social critique
- My third area of interest is in the relationship between religion, ethics and culture, with special interest in film and technology.
Dr. Steven Benko is an Assistant Professor of Religious and Ethical Studies at Meredith College. His primary area of interests are in contemporary ethical thought. He teaches courses at the intersection between ethics, religion and culture, including courses on ethics and contemporary social issues, bioethics, comparative religious ethics, and religion and film. In his teaching and research he focuses on the idea of ethical subjectivity, the relationship between humor, religion and ethics, and how critical thinking strategies enhance pedagogical practices and student learning. He is the advisor to Theta Alpha Kappa, the religion honor society and the Meredith College Ethics Bowl team. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion and the American Culture Association/Pop Culture Association. He has participated in professional development seminars at the National Humanities Center and The Poyner Center for Ethics and Public Life.
Ph.D., Syracuse University, 2003
MA, Syracuse University, 1998
BA, Loyola University, 1996
Meredith College Honors Faculty Recognition Award (May 2011, 2012)
2012 “Ironic Faith in Monty Python’s Life of Brian” in The Journal of Religion and Film, vol. 16, no. 1 (April 2012)
2007 “Ethics Across the Curriculum, Application to Economics” in The Journal of Economics and Finance Education (with Drs. Anne York and Jane Barnes)
2005 “Ethics, Technology and Posthuman Community” in Essays in Philosophy (January 2005)
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