Elizabeth Drescher, PhD is a scholar, writer, and public speaker on religion in everyday life, and a professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University.
Dr. Drescher is the author of numerous books and articles on religion and spirituality in contemporary life, including Choosing Our Religion: The Spiritual Lives of America’s Nones (Oxford University Press, 2016), Tweet If You [Heart] Jesus: Practicing Church in the Digital Reformation (Morehouse, 2011), and, with Keith Anderson, Click 2 Save: The Digital Ministry Bible (Morehouse, 2012). Her writing has appeared in America, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Salon, The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Jose Mercury News, AlterNet, Religion Dispatches, and other national publications as well as academic journals. Her current research focuses on developing and sustaining religious and spiritual connections, community, and stories among college-aged adults in religiously pluralistic, digitally-integrated culture.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Elizabeth received an MA in systematic theology from Duquesne University. She earned a doctorate from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California in 2008 for her research on the spiritual lives of ordinary people in late medieval England. She currently lives with her blended two- and four-legged family in the Silicon Valley, where she enjoys exploring the natural beauty of the Northern California coast, sampling local wines, and gossiping about the ups and downs of the hyper-charged real estate market.
Praise for Choosing Our Religion: The Spiritual Lives of America’s Nones:
“As the rate of religious disaffiliation nears 25% of the American population, the importance of understanding the ‘Nones’-from roving seekers to settled nonbelievers-has risen correspondingly. Drescher offers a splendidly variegated account of the religious practices and engagements that continue to flourish among the unaffiliated. The spiritual voices of the ‘Nones’ emerge with unusual clarity and resonance in these pages.”
~Leigh E. Schmidt, Edward C. Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor in the Humanities at Washington University and author of Restless Souls: The Making of American Spirituality