David Orenstein

David Orenstein, Ph.D.

Professor of Anthropology

Email: dorenstein@mec.cuny.edu

Phone: 718-270-4863

Office: Bedford 1032-D

David Orenstein

Website: http://www.davidorenstein.net/

Education: BA (1980); MS (1990); MA (1994); Ph.D. (2009)

Dr. David I. Orenstein is a tenured full professor of Anthropology at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York. He is the co-author of two books, the 2015 Godless Grace: How Non-Believers are Making the World Safer Richer and Kinder, and the November, 2019 publication of Darwin’s Apostles: The Men Who Fought to Have Evolution Accepted, Their Times, and How the Battle Continues. A primatologist by early training he has written for numerous national and international freethinker and science publications.

Dr. Orenstein is a noted civil and human rights activist, representing the American Humanist Association at the United Nations through the NGO/DPI program. Dr. Orenstein is a sought after speaker on human rights, science education and evolution acceptance. He has spoken on these topics nationally, in Europe and Asia.

Dr. Orenstein is also an ordained humanist chaplain who serves on the board of several local and national organizations. Including, The Secular Humanist Society of New York; The Broader Social Impacts Committee of the Hall of Human Origins/Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, DC, and also served as a Board member and Treasure for the Center for Freethought Equality.

Courses taught:

Anthro. 200
Anthro. 201
Anthro: 202
Anthro: 203
Anthro: 300
SSC 101, All other anthropology courses offered in the department
SSC 305


See Dr. Orenstein’s website for details.