Dennis Ford graduated from Macalester College and the Iliff School of Theology before earning his Ph.D. in religion from Syracuse University. While a graduate student, he studied with both Huston Smith and James Hillman, among others.
Ford has followed a diverse career path, working as a university administrator, publisher, marketing director, and business analyst. For many years, he was associated with Scholars Press, a publisher of books and journals for the American Academy of Religion, the Society for Biblical Literature, and sixteen other academic nonprofits.
In addition to The Search for Meaning, Ford is the author of Sins of Omission: A Primer on Moral Indifference (out of print) as well as occasional articles in the Christian Century, Religion in Life, Soundings, Rock & Ice, and Climbing. He is married, has two adult children, and lives in Atlanta, Georgia.