USC Dornsife College Of Letters Arts and Sciences

University of Southern California

Steven Barrie-Anthony (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara) is a researcher, writer and consultant in the area of religion/spirituality and public life. He focuses on the rapidly growing category of people who choose not to identify with particular religions—the so-called religious “nones”—and on their innovative contributions to community formation and civic, political and philanthropic life. He also works in the areas of spirituality and the media, technology and medicine; American mystical and metaphysical religion; and new religious movements.

His academic publications have appeared in numerous scholarly volumes, and he has presented his research at national meetings of the American Anthropological Association, the American Academy of Religion and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. He is currently at work on a book about a particular network of American young adults who eschew “religion” yet who clearly embrace a shared “spirituality,” with a focus on their nontraditional experiments in public life.

Barrie-Anthony has written more than 100 popular essays and articles for publications such as the Los Angeles Times and He was formerly a staff writer for the LA Times where he covered technology and its personal and social impacts and also wrote about art, architecture, the movie business, literature, the media, crime and politics. His Times pieces were often reprinted in newspapers across the U.S. and internationally. He blogs occasionally for The Huffington Post.

Areas of Expertise

  • Religious innovation and change
  • Religious “Nones” (the religiously unaffiliated)
  • Political and civic engagement
  • Millennials and spirituality/religion
  • Technology, religion and culture
  • Religion and healing/health/medicine
  • Religion and the news media
  • New Religious Movements

Steven Barrie-Anthony