Transhumanist Imagination

transhumanist imagination

Linell Cady


Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict and Dean's Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies


Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict and School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies



Linell Cady is founding Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict and Dean’s Distinguished Professor of religious studies at Arizona State University. Trained in modern western religious thought, her work focuses on the relationship of religion and the public/private boundary, with primary attention to the American context. She has a B.A. from Newton College, and an M.T.S. and Th.D. from Harvard University. She is the author of Religion, Theology, and American Public Life (1993; Japanese edition 1997), and co-editor of Comparative Secularisms in a Global Age (2010); Religion and Conflict in South and Southeast Asia: Disrupting Violence (2007); and Religious Studies, Theology, and the University: Conflicting Maps, Changing Terrain (2002).

Cady has also published several dozen articles and essays on issues of religion, politics, and public life, feminist theology, and the religious and philosophical thought of thinkers such as Kierkegaard, Royce, James, Dewey, and H. Richard Niebuhr. She is currently directing a multidisciplinary project, funded by the Ford Foundation, on varieties of secularism in comparative and global perspectives and co-directing a multidisciplinary initiative funded by the Luce Foundation titled “Religion and International Affairs: Through the Prism of Rights and Gender." Cady is currently working on a monograph titled Religious Imagination in a Late Secular Age and co-editing a volume, with Tracy Fessenden, on the interrelations of gender and secularism.