Brown Social Science Center
DegreesUniversity of Pennsylvania, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania, M.A.
Princeton University, B.A.
ExpertiseAnthropology of religion, psychological anthropology; Fieldwork in Guatemala, Colombia and Venezuela, and the United States.
ProfileEspecially interested in epistemological issues relating to the study of religions and beliefs.
Awards and Honors
Interim Vice-President, Anthropology of Religion Section, American Anthropological Association, 1997-1998 (1997)
President, Society for the Anthropology of Religion (1997)
Sir Isaac Wolfson Prize (1978)
American Council of Learned Societies, Travel Grant (1976)
National Science Foundation Grant (1970)
National Endowment on the Arts and Humanities, Grant (1967)
National Science Foundation Grant (1967)
Wenner-Gren Foundation Fellowship (1966)
Honorable Mention, Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award, University of Connecticut (1963)
Organization of American States Fellowship, 1958-1959 (1958)
Saler, Benson. For Articles, see Department of Anthropology/Faculty Emeriti
Saler, Benson. Understanding Religion: Selected Essays. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2009.
Saler, Benson. Conceptualizing Religion: Immanent Anthropologists, Transcendent Natives, and Unbounded Categories (1993),. (Leiden) New York, Oxford: (Brill) Berghahn, 2000.
Saler, Benson. UFO Crash at Roswell: The Genesis of a Modern Myth (Co-authored with Charles A. Ziegler and Charles B. Moore). Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1997.
Saler, Benson. Los Wayu (Guajiro). Caracas: Fundacion La Salle de Ciencias Naturales, 1988.