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Jeffrey J. Kripal
J. Newton Rayzor Professor in Religious Studies

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Jeffrey J. Kripal is the J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University. He is the author of numerous books, including, with Ata Anzali, Andrea R. Jain and Erin Prophet, Comparing Religions: Coming to Terms (2014), Roads of Excess, Palaces of Wisdom: Eroticism and Reflexivity in the Study of Mysticism (2001) and Kali's Child: The Mystical and the Erotic in the Life and Teachings of Ramakrishna (1995), all published by the University of Chicago Press. He has also co-edited volumes, including with T.G. Vaidyanathan of Bangalore, India, on the dialogue between psychoanalysis and Hinduism, Vishnu on Freud's Desk: A Reader in Psychoanalysis and Hinduism (Oxford, 1999). He currently finishing a memoir/reader with the University of Chicago Press entitled Secret Body: Mystical Currents in the History of Religion. His areas of interest include the comparative erotics and ethics of mystical literature, American countercultural translations of Asian religions, and the history of Western esotericism from ancient gnosticism to the New Age.