Linda C. Ceriello, Ph.D.

educator, scholar of comparative religions

and religious cultures


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Research Interests

  • Contemporary Secular Spiritualities 

  • Asian Religions in America

  • Comparative Mysticism

  • Religion and Popular Culture

  • Contemplative Studies

  • Metamodern Theory

  • American Metaphysical Religions

  • Interdisciplinarity


Ph.D. Religious Studies, 2018

Rice University

Dissertation: Metamodern Mysticisms: Narrative Encounters with Contemporary Western Secular Spiritualities

M.A. Education, 1994

Antioch University Seattle

Advanced B.A., 1988

Occidental College

Major: The Mechanisms of Meaning Formation (Interdisciplinary Humanities self-designed major)

Minor: German

Education as personal and social transformation...

...This motto has been my driving force since I was a young adult, when I began a quest to design educational experiences that facilitate an encounter with self and with the Other, expanding each.


Prior to doctoral study and to delivering university-level instruction, I designed and taught student-centered learning programs that offered students many ways to explore, express, and challenge what they know. I specialized in alternative assessments and curricula, including internet-based learning modalities. These skills and experiences continue to inform my course design, and have been especially useful during these unprecedented times of pandemic. The need to adapt, strategize, and reexamine our pedagogy has meant making sudden shifts in our educational praxis. With the mandate to reassess comes opportunities to re-envision what we are offering--what education really makes possible.

The current moment is ripe for this conversation. It's an invitation, really--One that calls for a multivalent, interdisciplinary approach; that looks ahead and also behind, honors individuality yet acknowledges global relationality, is conceptually capacious and wholly ground-level practical, all at once.

As a scholar of comparative religions, my research delves into the intersections of such perspectives. I study meaning via contemporary spiritualities, Asian religions in the West, mystical and contemplative traditions, religion and popular culture, and metamodern theory. I also lecture publicly on topics including the spiritual-but-not-religious, awe and wonder, the history of yoga, and religion and monsters. I’m co-founder/editor of the web journal, What Is Metamodern? ( and currently divide my time between Vashon Island, Washington and Winston-Salem, North Carolina.


Please peruse my website or get in touch... let us forward this conversation!

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