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Lauren Winner

Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality
Divinity School
Duke Box 90967, Durham, NC 27708
148 Langford Bldg, Durham, NC 27708


Dr. Winner writes and lectures widely on Christian practice, the history of Christianity in America, and Jewish-Christian relations.

Her books include Girl Meets God, Mudhouse Sabbath, Real Sex, a study of household religious practice in 18th-century Virginia, A Cheerful and Comfortable Faith, published by Yale University Press in the fall of 2010, and, most recently, Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis

Dr. Winner’s research has been supported by numerous institutions, including Monticello, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University, and the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University.  

Dr. Winner has appeared on PBS’s Religion & Ethics Newsweekly and has served as a commentator on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” She has written for The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post Book World, Publishers Weekly, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today, and her essays have been included in several volumes of The Best Christian Writing.  She is a priest associate at St. Luke's Episcopal Church (Durham) and a member of the board of the Episcopal Preaching Foundation.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality · 2016 - Present Divinity School

Education, Training & Certifications

Duke University · 2007 M.Div.
Columbia University · 2006 Ph.D.
University of Cambridge (United Kingdom) · 1999 M.Phil.
Columbia College, Illinois · 1997 B.A.