Ann Taves is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara where she teaches courses on religious experience, new religious movements, and comparing worldviews as well as supervising the interdisciplinary Religion, Experience, and Mind Lab Group.  She is a past president of the American Academy of Religion; and current president of the International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion.

She is the author of numerous books and articles, including Fits, Trances, and Visions: Experiencing Religion and Explaining Experience from Wesley to James (Princeton, 1999) and Religious Experience Reconsidered: A Building Block Approach to the Study of Religion and Other Special Things (Princeton, 2009).

Her most recent book, Revelatory Events: Three Case Studies of the Emergence of New Spiritual Paths, was published by Princeton in October 2016.

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