Linda Ceriello is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Religion at Rice University. Her research interests include comparative mysticisms, contemplative studies, metamodern theory and popular culture. She has earned the GEM certificate for advanced study in Gnosticism, Esotericism and Mysticism at Rice. Select teaching experience: Instructor of Asian Religions in America at Rice (Undergraduate course, Spring 2015). Instructor of Psychology of Spirituality at Antioch University Seattle (Graduate seminar, Fall 2009). Other seminars and public lectures: “Why We Love Monsters: Monster Theory and the Sacred Monstrous in Pop Culture” —Rice University and The Evergreen State College; “Awe and Wonder as Secular Noesis”, “The Rise of the Spiritual but Not Religious” and “The Qualities of Mystical Experience” —The Jung Center of Houston; “The History of Yoga: From Ancient Indian Philosophy to Western Power Yoga”—Iyengar Yoga Center of Houston and Island Yoga Studio, Vashon Island, WA. Other talks and conference presentation topics include transgressive comedy’s gnostic attributes and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Her essay, “Encoded Ambiguities, Embodied Ontologies: The Transformative Speech of Transgressive Female Figures in Gnosticism and Tantra” can be seen in the European Journal of Esotericism, La Rosa di Paracelso. Also forthcoming are essays in volumes, Holy Monsters, Sacred Grotesques (Lexington 2017) and Being Spiritual But Not Religious: Past, Present, Future(s) (Routledge 2018). She is the founding editor of a blog on Metamodernism, WhatisMetamodern.com and has also written for HuffPost Religion. She currently dissertates on a little island in the Puget Sound.
M.A. Education, Antioch University Seattle
A.B. Occidental College