Stephanie Frank - Columbia College Chicago

Stephanie Frank

Associate Professor of Instruction


Stephanie Frank is associate professor of instruction in religion and the humanities in the Humanities, History, and Social Sciences department at Columbia; she designed the religious studies curriculum at Columbia and currently teaches a variety of courses in religious studies, philosophy, and history at Columbia.

Prof. Frank has published extensively on various problematics related to secularization in journals of anthropology, intellectual history, political science, and religious studies; she has presented her research at national and international conferences, including Leuven, Oxford, Frankfurt, Montréal, and Antwerp. Stephanie’s current project is a book considering the methodological divergences between Durkheim and Mauss as exemplifying two different critiques of religion--part of a broader project considering the disciplinarization of the French social sciences as the institutionalization of a secularization narrative. More immediately, in this political moment, she is currently working on the intellectual vectors shaping the debate about the niqab and the burkini in France. 

Prof. Frank was educated at Williams College (B.A., political science and religious studies), Oxford University (M.Phil., philosophical theology), and the University of Chicago (Ph.D., history of religions). She trained for many years as a classical pianist; she has also published short fiction.

Instructional Areas

religion and modernity, religion and violence, religion and gender, religion and capitalism, religion in Chicago, ethics, modern European history

Creative Practice and Research Interests

secularization, religion and political theory, religion and capitalism, contemporary issues about the Muslim minority in France


B.A., Religion Williams College 2001
M.Phil., Theology University of Oxford 2003
Ph.D., University of Chicago 2015