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Naamleela Jones

Naamleela Jones

Adjunct Professor
Religious Studies
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Religion, Rice University

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  • Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Religion, Rice University
  • M.A., Department of Religion, Rice University
  • B.A., Religious Studies, University of California at Berkeley

Biographical Summary

Naamleela Jones is a doctoral candidate in religion from Rice University with a specialization in Gnosticism, Esotericism, and Mysticism. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of California at Berkeley, where her senior thesis focused on the concept of the avatar in religious and secular culture. She studies new religious movements, Asian religions in America, and contemporary forms of esotericism in sacred and secular culture. She is currently writing her doctoral dissertation on radical paradigms of consciousness and human embodiment.

Research Interests

Hindu Yoga and Tantra, New Religious Movements, Asian Religions in America, Contemporary esotericism, Consciousness studies, Embodied consciousness, Religious identity, Psychology and religion

Courses taught at the University of Houston

  • RELS 2340 Introduction to Hinduism