Elizabeth Drescher, PhD is Adjunct Associate Professor of Religion & Pastoral Ministry at Santa Clara University. She holds a PhD in the Graduate Theological Union and an MA in Systematic Theology from Duquesne University.
Dr. Drescher’s commentary on religion in American life has appeared in The Atlantic, The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Jose Mercury News, The Washington Post, Christianity Today, Sojourners, CrossCurrents, On Faith, AlterNet, and Religion Dispatches as well as other popular and academic publications. Her work has been highlighted by the Utne Reader, the Daily Beast, Newsweek, the Guardian, the Wall Street Journal, Australian Radio National, the BBC, CNN, State of Belief Radio, and other national and international news outlets.
Elizabeth is the author of Tweet If You ♥ Jesus: Practicing Church in the Digital Reformation (Morehouse, 2011) and, with Keith Anderson, Click 2 Save: The Digital Ministry Bible (Morehouse, 2012). Dr. Drescher’s current book project, Choosing Our Religion: The Spiritual Lives of America’s Nones (Oxford University Press, 2016), explores practices of meaning-making, self-fulfillment, ethics, and self-transcendence among America’s fast-growing religious demographic, the religiously unaffiliated.
She has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards for the study of spirituality in everyday life, including an Wabash large project grant for the study of collaborative pedagogies in religious studies and a journalism fellowship from the Social Science Research Council for its “New Directions in the Study of Prayer” initiative, which is funded by the Templeton Foundation. She also the recipient of a Hackworth Grant from the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University in support of her study of ethical practices among the religiously unaffiliated.
She lives with her family in Northern California’s Silicon Valley.