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(p. xi) Contributors

(p. xi) Contributors

dick anthony is a research and forensic psychologist who specializes in research on the psychological concomitants of involvement in new religious movements. His research has been supported by United States government agencies such as the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Drug Abuse, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and he has published its results in many articles and books. He also frequently testifies or serves as a trial consultant in cases involving allegations of coercive or harmful religious influence.

david g. bromley is Professor of Sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University. Among his recent books on religious movements are Cults, Religion, and Violence (2002), Toward Reflexive Ethnography: Participating, Observing, Narrating (2001), and The Politics of Religious Apostasy: The Role of Apostates in the Transformation of Religious Movements (1998). He is former president of the Association for the Sociology of Religion; founding editor of the annual series, Religion and the Social Order, sponsored by the Association for the Sociology of Religion; and former editor of Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.

douglas e. cowan is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Sociology at the University of Missouri–Kansas City. He is the author of Bearing False Witness? An Introduction to the Christian Countercult and The Remnant Spirit: Conservative Reform in Mainline Protestantism. He is also the coeditor (with Jeffrey K. Hadden) of Religion on the Internet: Research Prospects and Promises and (with Lorne L. Dawson) Religion Online: Finding Faith on the Internet.

susan e. darnell manages a credit union in Gary, Indiana, and is a civil rights advocate journalist. She has worked with Anson Shupe on a number of projects, including Bad Pastors: Clergy Misconduct in Modern America.

lorne l. dawson is Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Waterloo in Canada. His research interests are the study of new religions, religion and the Internet, and questions of theory and method in the study of religion. He is the author of Comprehending Cults (1998) and the editor of Cults and New Religious Movements (2003) and Religion Online (2004) and has written many academic articles and chapters on these and other subjects.

andreas grünschloß is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Göttingen. His research focus is on New Religious Movements, Buddhism, systematic approaches in religious studies, syncretism, and interreligious hermeneutics. His publications include Religionswissenschaft als Welt-Theologie: Wilfred Cantwell Smiths interreligiöse Hermeneutik (1994); Der eigene und der fremde Glaube: Studien zur interreligiösen Fremdwahrnehmung in Islam, Hinduismus, Buddhismus und Christentum (1999); and contributions to academic journals, encyclopedias, and anthologies.

Until his passing, jeffrey k. hadden was Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. He was the founder of the Religious Movements Homepage Project, one of the most widely used resources for new religious movements on the Internet, and the author of several books, including Prime Time Preachers, Televangelism: Power and Politics on God's Frontier, and The Gathering Storm in the Churches.

olav hammer is Assistant Professor in Religious Studies at Amsterdam University. His research focuses on the application of various modes of critical theory in order to understand the processes of religious change and innovation. His publications include Claiming Knowledge: Strategies of Claiming Knowledge from Theosophy to the New Age (2001), a study of the construction of authority through religious discourse.

charlotte e. hardman is an anthropologist, Senior Lecturer, and Alternate Head of the School of Arts and Cultures at Newcastle University, England. She is the coeditor (with Susan J. Palmer) of the book Children in New Religions and has written several articles on the anthropology of children, on children in new religions, and on Paganism. She is the author of the monograph Other Worlds: Notions of Self and Emotion Among the Lohorung Rai.

massimo introvigne is the managing director of CESNUR, the Center for Studies on New Religions, an international research facility in Turin, Italy. He is the author or editor of thirty-two books on the history and sociology of religions (including the monumental Enciclopedia delle religioni in Italia) and of more than a hundred scholarly articles, published in several languages.

philip jenkins is Distinguished Professor of History and Religious Studies at Penn State University. He is the author of nineteen books, including Mystics and Messiahs: Cults and New Religions in American History, The Next Christendom: The Rise of Global Christianity, and The New Anti-Catholicism: The Last Acceptable Prejudice. He is currently completing a book about white appropriations of Native American spirituality.

r. george kirkpatrick is a scholar in the fields of sociological theory, collective behavior, and social movements. His notable studies have been of antipornography (p. xiii) crusades, UFO religions, and American witches. He has taught with distinction for more than thirty years at San Diego State University.

richard landes is Professor of Medieval History at Boston University. He is the director of the Center for Millennial Studies, and his work focuses on the relationships between elites and commoners, in particular the ways in which demotic religiosity, especially in its millennial forms, affects those relations. He is working on a multivolume work on the role of millennialism in the West, in which he argues that modernity is the unintended (and dynamic if deeply unstable) product of failed millennial movements.

james r. lewis is an extensively published scholar of New Religious Movements and the New Age. His books include The Encyclopedia of Cults, Sects, and New Religions, Legitimating New Religions, and Science and New Age Spirituality. He currently teaches at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.

j. gordon melton is Director of the Institute for the Study of American Religions and a specialist in religion in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a leading scholar of New Religious Movements and the author of such standard reference works as the Encyclopedia of American Religions.

susan j. palmer is an adjunct professor at Concordia University and a tenured professor at Dawson College, both in Montreal, Quebec. She has written over sixty articles on New Religious Movements and authored or edited eight books on New Religious Movements, including Rael's UFO Religion: Racing and Cloning in the Age of Apocalypse.

christopher partridge is Senior Lecturer in Theology and Contemporary Religion at Chester College in Chester, England. He is the author of UFO Religions and editor of the forthcoming Encyclopedia of New Religions.

michael pye is Professor of Religious Studies at Marburg University in Marburg, Germany. He was President of the International Association for the History of Religions (1995–2000) and is now an Honorary Life Member. His publications include Ernst Troeltsch: Writings on Theology and Religion (with Robert Morgan), Skilful Means: A Concept in Mahayana Buddhism (1978), Emerging from Meditation (1990), and the Macmillan Dictionary of Religion (1993), as well as many articles on various aspects of the study of religion, particularly Japanese religion.

shelley tsivia rabinovitch holds a Ph.D. in religious studies, specializing in cultural anthropology, new religious movements, and First Nations studies. She has had numerous articles published in journals and is the coeditor, with James R. Lewis, of The Encyclopedia of Modern Witchcraft and Neo-Paganism (2002). She is a lecturer at the University of Ottawa.

síân lee reid is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University. Her research interests include sociology of religion, new religious movements, social theories of modernity and postmodernity, and reflexive narratives of the self. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology, an M.A. in religion, and a B.A. in English literature.

james t. richardson , J.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Sociology and Judicial Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he directs the Grant Sawyer Center for Justice Studies as well as the Judicial Studies degree programs for trial judges. He is the author or coauthor of nearly two hundred articles and chapters, as well as seven books, including his latest, Regulating Religion: Case Studies from around the Globe (2003).

thomas robbins is a semi-retired sociologist of religion (Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, 1974). He is the author of Cults, Converts, and Charisma (1988) and the coauthor of six collections of original papers, including Millennium, Messiahs, and Mayhem (1997) and Misunderstanding Cults (2001). He has published numerous articles, essays, and reviews in social science and religious studies journals.

mikael rothstein is Assistant Professor in the Department of History of Religions at the University of Copenhagen. He specializes in the study of new religions and is the author or editor of several books on the subject. He is a member of the board of the Research Network on New Religions (RENNER), based in Denmark, and Editor in Chief of CHAOS, a Danish-Norwegian journal on the history of religions.

john a. saliba has taught at the University of Detroit, Mercy, since 1970. He has been studying new religious movements since the late 1960s and has published two bibliographies and several books on the subject. His latest book is Christian Responses to the New Age Movement.

anson shupe is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the joint campus of Indiana University and Purdue University in Fort Wayne. He is the author of numerous professional articles and over two dozen books, including Six Perspectives on New Religions, Born Again Politics and the Moral Majority, and Wealth and Power in American Zion.

steven j. sutcliffe is Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Stirling, United Kingdom, where he was recently a research fellow in religion in contemporary Scotland. He has also taught in Religious Studies at the University of Sunderland and the Open University, both in the United Kingdom. He is the author of Children of the New Age: A History of Spiritual Practices (2003) and coeditor of Beyond New Age: Exploring Alternative Spirituality (p. xv) (2000). He is currently guest editing a collection of papers on New Age studies for a special issue of the journal Culture and Religion (vol. 4, no. 1, 2003).

diana g. tumminia teaches at California State University at Sacramento. She studied social psychology and ethnography at UCLA. Her publications address various topics in the sociology of religion, the psychology of belief, and excellence in teaching. Her expertise also extends into the areas of race and gender studies.