Fredric Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society, Harvard University
Diana L. Eck is a professor of comparative religion and Indian studies and the Fredric Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society at Harvard University. Her work has a dual focus on India and America — both challenging, multi-religious democracies. She has written several books, including, most recently, India: A Sacred Geography. She also wrote about India in Banaras: City of Light. Her work on America includes A New Religious America: How a “Christian Country” Has Become the World’s Most Religiously Diverse Nation. She is founder and director of the Pluralism Project that explores and interprets the religious dimensions of America’s new immigration, looking especially at Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, and Sikh communities and the issues of religious diversity in America. Eck received the National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment for the Humanities and President Clinton for her work on American religious pluralism.