Dr. Steven Benko is a Professor of Religious and Ethical Studies at Meredith College. His primary area of interest is in contemporary ethical thought and culture. 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. He is the co-editor of The Good Place and Philosophy: Get an Afterlife (2019) and the editor of Ethics in Comedy: Essays on Crossing the Line (2021). 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 campus Coordinator for the Meredith College Ethics Bowl team and supervises many undergraduate research projects. 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
Media Appearances and Invited Talks
Meredith College Honors Faculty Recognition Award (May 2011, 2012)