Nebraska Authors

Jeffrey J. Kripal

Born 1962 Hebron, NE (USA)

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Other


BA, 1985, Conception Seminary College, Conception, MO
MA, 1987, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
PhD, 1993, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL


Assistant professor of Philosophy
Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought

Places Worked

Westminister College, Pennsylvania
Rice University, Texas.


Secret Body: Erotic and Esoteric Currents in the History of Religions. 2017,
The Super Natural: Why the Unexplained Is Real. 2017. (Co-author with Whitley Strieber)
Comparing Religions. 2014
Seriously Strange: Thinking Anew about Psychical Experiences. 2012. (Co-author with Sudhir Kakar)
Mutants and Mystics: Science Fiction, Superhero Comics, and the Paranormal. 2011
Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred. 2010
Hidden Intercourse: Eros and Sexuality in the History of Western Esotericism. 2008. (Co-author with Wouter Hanegraaff)
Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion. 2007
Secret Body: Erotic and Esoteric Currents in the History of ReligionsNov 14, 2017
by Jeffrey J. Kripal
The Serpent’s Gift: Gnostic Reflections on the Study of Religion. 2007.
On the Edge of the Future: Esalen and the Evolution of American Culture. 2005. (Co-author with Glenn W. Shuck )
Encountering Kali: In the Margins, at the Center, in the West. 2003. (Co-author with Rachel Fell McDermott)
Crossing Boundaries: Essays on the Ethical Status of Mysticism. 2002. (Co-author with G. William Barnard)
Roads of Excess, Palaces of Wisdom: Eroticism and Reflexivity in the Study of Mysticism. 2001.
Vishnu on Freud’s Desk: A Reader in Psychoanalysis and Hinduism. 1999. (Co-author with T.G. Vaidyanathan )
Kali's Child: The Mystical and the Erotic in the Life and Teachings of Ramakrishna. 1995.

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