Ann Gleig

Ann Gleig, Ph.D.


  • 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

My first monograph American Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Modernity will be published in February 2019 by Yale University Press.  I am now working on a second book project that will examine American revisionings of Asian liberation traditions, particularly those with non-dual metaphysics, and a co-written monograph that will explore the sexual abuse and sexual misconduct scandals in American Zen and Tibetan communities.

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]


  • Teaching Buddhism and Hinduism in America as Critical Pedagogy, Spotlight on Teaching: American Academy of Religion May 2017
  • 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
  • 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)

  • 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)
  • 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 "Undoing Whiteness in American Buddhist Modernism: Critical, Collective, and Contextual Turns," in George Yancy and Emily McRae, ed. Buddhism and Whiteness (Philosophy of Race Series Lexington Books)
  • 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)
  • “Embodying Nonduality: Depth Psychology in American Mysticism,” in Thomas Cattoi and David Odorisio, eds. Depth Psychology and Mysticism (Hastings: Palgrave and Macmillan, 2018) 
  • 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


UCF Research Incentive Award (RIA) 2018

College of Arts and Humanities Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award 2017 

University Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award 2017 

UCF Teaching Incentive Program Award (TIP) 2017 


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 


Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
11200 REL2300 World Religions World Wide Web (W) Available
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11486 REL3340 Buddhism World Wide Web (W) Available
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19089 REL4157 Religion and Psychoanalysis World Wide Web (W) Available
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81728 REL3333 Hinduism World Wide Web (W) Available
No Description Available
81381 REL4180 Religion and Medicine World Wide Web (W) Available
No Description Available
81341 REL4180H Honors Religion and Medicine Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 12:00 PM - 01:15 PM Available
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
50949 REL3340 Buddhism World Wide Web (W) A Available
No Description Available
61382 REL4157 Religion and Psychoanalysis World Wide Web (W) B Available
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Updated: Dec 6, 2018