Gary Laderman, PhD

Goodrich C. White Professor of American Religious History and Cultures
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Gary Laderman, Goodrich C. White Professor of American Religious Histories and Cultures, faculty member and content expert in religion, culture, history, and death and dying.

Laderman is writing a book on religion and drugs in contemporary culture, and has written a few books on death in America, popular cultures and religion in America, and a memoir. He has also edited two multivolume encyclopedias, one covering religion and science and the other on American religious cultures.


  • BA, Psychology, California State University, Northridge
  • MA and PhD, Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara



Public Scholarship


  • Ford Foundation
  • Social Scientific Research Council
  • Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer
  • Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences

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