Philosophy Department

Ann Gleig

Ann Gleig, Ph.D.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Rice University (2010)
  • M.A. in Religious Studies from Lancaster University (1997)

Research Interests

Asian religions, Asian religions in America, Religion and Psychoanalysis

Recent Research Activities

I am currently working on two monographs: one on American Buddhism in Postmodernity (under advance contract with Yale University Press) and another on American revisionings of Asian liberation traditions.

Selected Publications

Edited Collections

  • Ann Gleig and Lola Williamson,eds., Homegrown Gurus: From Hinduism in America to American Hinduism (Albany: SUNY Press, November 2013) [Link]

Articles/Essays

  • Teaching Buddhism and Hinduism in America as Critical Pedagogy, Spotlight on Teaching: American Academy of Religion May 2017 http://rsn.aarweb.org/spotlight-on/teaching/after-the-2016-election/even-trump-has-buddha-nature
  • External Mindfulness, Secure (Non) Attachment and Healing Relational Trauma: Emerging Models of Wellness for Modern Buddhists and Buddhist Modernism, Journal of Global Buddhism Vol. 17 2016 http://www.globalbuddhism.org/jgb/index.php/jgb/article/view/170/185
  • Prominent Buddhist Women in the West. In Oxford Bibliographies in Buddhism. Ed. Richard Payne. New York: Oxford University Press (2015) 
  • Dharma Diversity and Deep Inclusivity at the East Bay Meditation Center: From Buddhist Modernism to Buddhist Postmodernism? Contemporary Buddhism: An Interdisciplinary Journal Vol 15: 2 (2014)
  • From Buddhist Hippies to Buddhist Geeks: The Emergence of Buddhist Postmodernism? Journal of Global Buddhism Vol 15 (2014) http://www.globalbuddhism.org/15/gleig14.pdf

  • From Tantra to Theravada: The Making of an American Buddhist Tantra, Contemporary Buddhism: An Interdisciplinary Journal Volume 14:2 November 2013
  • Queering Buddhism or Buddhist De-Queering? Reflecting on Differences amongst Western LGBTQI Buddhists and the Limitations of Liberal Convert Buddhism, Journal of Theology and Sexuality Vol. 18:3 (2012)
  • Wedding the Personal and Impersonal in West Coast Vipassana: A Dialogical Encounter between Buddhism and Psychotherapy, The Journal of Global Buddhism Vol 13 (2012) http://www.globalbuddhism.org/jgb/index.php/jgb/article/view/129/144
  • Researching New Religious Movements From the Inside-Out and the Outside-In: Methodological Reflections on Collaborative and Participatory Approaches, Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions 16:1 (August 2012)
  • The Return of the Repressed: Psychoanalysis As Spirituality, Journal of Implicit Religion 15:2 (2012)
  • The Culture of Narcissism Revisited: Transformations of Narcissism in Contemporary Psychospirituality, Pastoral Psychology 59: 1 (February 2010)
  • The Diamond Approach: Divine Individualism or Mystical Humanism ? Fieldwork in Religion 4:1 (May 2009)

Book Sections/Chapters

  • Forthcoming “Embodying Nonduality: Depth Psychology as Aid to American Mysticism,” in Thomas Cattoi and David Oriso, eds. Depth Psychology and Mysticism (Hastings: Palgrave and Macmillan) 
  • Forthcoming “Enacting Social Change Through Meditation,” The Oxford Handbook of Meditation eds. Miguel Farias, David Brazier and Mansur Lalljee (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press)
  • Embodied Desire in Buddhism: Poison and Antidote, in Kent Brintnall Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks, Religion: Embodied Religion (New York: Macmillan, 2016)
  • #Hashtag Meditation, Cyborg Buddhas, and Enlightenment as an Epic Win: Buddhism, Technology, and the New Social Media, in Istvan Keul, ed. Religion, Technology, and Science in South and East Asia (Routledge, 2015)
  • “Introduction: From Wave to Soil,” co-written with Lola Williamson, in Gleig and Williamson, Homegrown Gurus.  
  • Remembering Sri Aurobindo and the Mother: The Forgotten Lineage of Integral Yoga with Charles Flores in Mark Singleton and Ellen Goldberg, eds., Gurus of Modern Yoga (New York and London: Oxford University Press, 2013)
  • From Being to Becoming,Transcending to Transforming: Andrew Cohen and the Evolution of Enlightenment, in Gleig and Williamson, Homegrown Gurus.
  • The Enlightened Body in A.H.Almaas's Diamond Approach, in Thomas Cattoi and June McDaniel, eds. Perceiving the Divine through the Human Body:Mystical Sensuality (Hastings: Palgrave and Macmillan, 2011)
  • The Contemplative Classroom,co-written with Anne Klein in Judith Simmer-Brown and Fran Redlands, eds. Meditation and the Classroom: Contemplative Pedagogy for Religious Studies (Albany: SUNY Press, 2011)

Creative Publications

Book Reviews

Awards

College of Arts and Humanities Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award 2017 

University Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award 2017 

UCF Teaching Incentive Program Award 2017 

Activities

Editor for Buddhism and sub-editor for the Psychology of Religion, Religious Studies Review

Co-Chair for the Mysticism Group, American Academy of Religion and Steering Committee Member for the Buddhism in the West Group, American Academy of Religion 

Associate Editor for The Springer Encyclopedia of Religion and Psychology Revised 2nd and 3rd Edition 

Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
18857 REL3340 Buddhism Web Web Not Online
No Description Available
18772 REL3930H Hon Special Topic Face2Face Tu,Th 4:30PM - 5:45PM Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
91239 REL3333 Hinduism Web Web Available

Using both an historical and thematic lens, this course will introduce the diverse texts, practices, beliefs, and traditions contained within the category of Hinduism. It will trace the origins of Hinduism from its premodern classical expressions in the Vedas to the flourishing of the bhakti traditions in the medieval period to the reformation of Hinduism in modernity. It will examine central components of the Hindu worldview—such as dharma, karma, reincarnation, moksha, atman—and the interpretation and systematization of those concepts in its orthodox and heterodox philosophical schools —as well as explore the ritual and devotional practices that mark everyday Hindu life. It will examine how Hindus have preserved and reformulated their traditions in colonial and post-colonial contexts with a focus on Hindu communities in the U.S. and the adoption and appropriation of Hindu thought and practices by wider populations.

81538 REL4180 Religion and Medicine Web Web Available

From empirical scientific research on prayer to neuroscientific studies of the effects of meditation on the brain, the biomedical community is witnessing an increasing interest in the healing possibilities of religious or spiritual practices. Taking an historic and analytic approach, this course will trace the ever-shifting relationship between religious and spiritual traditions and medical and healing discourses. 

81494 REL4180H Honors Religion and Medicine Face2Face Tu,Th 12:00PM - 1:15PM Available

From empirical scientific research on prayer to neuroscientific studies of the effects of meditation on the brain, the biomedical community is witnessing an increasing interest in the healing possibilities of religious or spiritual practices. Taking an historic and analytic approach, this course will trace the ever-shifting relationship between religious and spiritual traditions and medical and healing discourses (With Honors content).

Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
61482 REL3340 Buddhism Web A Web Available
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
11309 REL3123 Asian Religions in America Web Web Available
No Description Available
18536 REL4157 Religion and Psychoanalysis Web Web Available
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81245 REL3340 Buddhist Thought Web Web Available
No Description Available
81683 REL4180 Religion and Medicine Web Web Available
No Description Available
81623 REL4180H Honors Religion and Medicine Face2Face Tu,Th 12:00PM - 1:15PM Available
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
50853 REL3340 Buddhist Thought Web A Web Available
No Description Available

Updated: Dec 4, 2017

Philosophy Department • College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida
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