Faculty

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Faculty at the University of Philosophical research come from all over the world with a wealth of expertise. Many are leaders in their fields, authors of international acclaim, diverse practitioners, and student-centered scholars. They are the lynchpin of the strong community experience at UPR, with a commitment to higher education that invites powerful discourse in and out of the classroom.

 

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Dr Debashish BanerjiDebashish Banerji, Ph.D. (Full-Time)
Ph.D., Indian Art History, University of California, Los Angeles.

  • Dean of Academic Affairs, University of Philosophical Research.
  • Adjunct faculty, Asian Art History, Pasadena City College.
  • Adjunct faculty, Asian and Comparative Studies, California Institute of Integral Studies.
  • Former president, East-West Cultural Center, Los Angeles.
  • Author of “The Alternate Nation of Abanindranath Tagore”
  • Author of “Seven Quartets of Becoming: A Transformative Yoga Psychology Based on the Diaries of Sri Aurobindo”

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Dr David E BreslerDavid E. Bresler, Ph.D. (Part-Time)
Ph.D. Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles; MA Psychology, Bryn Mawr

  • Associate Clinical Professor, Anesthesiology, UCLA School of Medicine
  • Dean, University of Integral Studies
  • Executive Director, The Bresler Center, Los Angeles, California
  • President, Academy for Guided Imagery, Malibu, California
  • Former White House advisor

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Dr Kelly BulkeleyKelly Bulkeley, Ph.D. (Part-Time)
Ph.D. Religion and Psychological Studies, University of Chicago Divinity School; MTS Theology, Harvard Divinity School

  • Visiting Scholar at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California
  • Director of the Dream Studies Program, JFK University
  • Author of several books on dreams, religion and psychology, including: “The Wilderness of Dreams, An Introduction to the Psychology of Dreaming,” “Visions of the Night” and “Dreams of Healing.”
  • Former President of the Association for the Study of Dreams
  • Secretary-Treasurer of the Person, Culture and Religion Group, American Academy of Religion
  • Editorial board member, “Dreaming,” “Religious Studies Review” and “Sleep and Hypnosis”

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Dr Lionel CorbettLionel Corbett, MD (Part-Time)
MD, University of Manchester, England; Diplomate in Psychological Medicine; Diplomate Jungian Analyst, C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago

A British-trained psychiatrist and Jungian analyst, Dr. Corbett is particularly interested in the synthesis of psychoanalytic and Jungian ideas. His primary dedication has been to the religious function of the psyche, especially in the way in which personal religious experience is relevant to individual psychology, and to the development of psychotherapy as a spiritual practice.

  • Author of “The Religious Function of the Psyche”
  • Author of “Psyche and the Sacred: Spirituality Beyond Religion

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Dr Michele Papen DanielMichele Papen Daniel, Ph.D. (Part-Time)
Ph.D. Social & Philosophical Foundation of Education, Arizona State University

    • Jungian analyst with a private practice and
    • Faculty member of the Analyst-Training Program at the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles

 

Dr. Daniel is particularly interested in the trajectory of Jung’s thinking that began with Gnosticism, led to Eastern religion and finally, to Western Alchemy as a means for understanding the psyche and its processes. She is committed to Jung’s idea that the practice of depth psychology is synonymous with the personal development of a spiritual (yoga) discipline in which psychic energy is withdrawn from the world of objects and introverted for the purpose of psychological and spiritual transformation.

 

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Dr Christian De QuinceyChristian de Quincey – Program Dean for Consciousness Studies (Full-Time)
Ph.D. Philosophy & Religion, Institute of Integral Studies; MA Interdisciplinary Consciousness Studies, JFK University.

  • Professor of Philosophy and Consciousness Studies, John F. Kennedy University
  • Adjunct Faculty, The Union Institute and University
  • Author of “Radical Nature: Rediscovering the Soul of Matter,” and “Radical Knowing: Understanding Consciousness Through Relationship”
  • Appointed the Arthur M. Young Professor of Philosophy at the University of Philosophical Research

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Dr Robert FragerRobert Frager, Ph.D. (Part-Time)
Research Fellow, Keio University, Tokyo; Ph.D. Social Psychology, Harvard University

  • Professor of Psychology and Chair, Spiritual Guidance Program, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
  • Author of “Personality and Personal Growth” (with James Fadiman), “Who Am I? Personality Types for Self-Discovery,” “Heart, Self, and Soul” and other works on psychology, Sufism and Islam

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Richard Geldard, Ph.D. (Full-Timegeldard
PhD, Dramatic Literature and Classics, Stanford University

  • Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Yeshiva University
  • Doctoral Faculty, Pacifica Graduate Institute
  • Author of ten books on Early Greek philosophy and the thought of Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Dr Amit GoswamiAmit Goswami, Ph.D. (Part-Time)
Ph.D. Physics, University of Calcutta; MCS Physics, University of Calcutta

  • Professor of Physics, University of Oregon, Eugene
  • Author of “Quantum Mechanics,” “The Self-Aware Universe,” “Physics of the Soul,” “The Visionary Window,” “The Quantum Doctor” and “God is Not Dead: What Quantum Physics Tells Us About Our Origins and How We Should Live.”
  • Featured in the documentary film “What the Bleep to We Know?”

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Dr Pierre GrimesPierre Grimes, Ph.D. (Part-Time)
Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Pacific; MA Comparative Philosophy, University of Pacific; BA Philosophy, San Francisco State College

  • Professor of Philosophy, Golden West College
  • President of the Noetic Society, Inc.
  • Director of the Open Mind Academy
  • Author of “Is It All Relative?” and “Philosophical Midwifery”

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Obadiah S. Harris, Ph.D. — President, CEO, Chief Academic Officer (Full-Time)UPR President Obadiah Harris
Ph.D. Education Administration and Supervision, University of Michigan; MA Education, Arizona State University

  • Former Associate Professor of Education, and Director of Community Education, Arizona State University
  • Author of “The New Consciousness,” “Self-Knowledge and Social Action” and “Unitive Spirituality”
  • President of the Philosophical Research Society
  • President of the University of Philosophical Research

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Dr Marjorie R ListerMarjorie R. Lister, Ph.D. (Part-Time)
Ph.D., Politics, University of York
MSc (Econ.), International Relations, London School of Economics & Political Science

  • Honorary Senior Visiting Research Fellow in Political, European and Development Studies, University of Bradford, United Kingdom
  • Author, “The European Community and the Developing World,” “The European Union and the South: Relations with Developing Countries”
  • Editor, “European Union Development Policy,” “New Perspectives on European Union Development Cooperation” and with M. Carbone, “New Pathways in International Development: Gender and Civil Society in EU Policy”

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Marco Masi, Ph.D. (Part-Time)
Ph.D. Physics, University of Trento, Department of Physics, Italy.

  • Research Scientist, Institut des Nanotechnologies de Lyon
  • Former Educational Consultant, Municipality of Padua
  • Postdoctoral Research: Astrophysics – Galactic dynamics and astrobiology
  • Postdoctoral Research: Statistical mechanics – the beauty of mathematical physics

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Irmgard Mengele, Ph.D. (Part-Time)
Tibetan Studies, Hamburg University, Germany.

Visiting Scholar, Department of Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara. Author: dGe-’dun-chos-’phel: A Biography of the 20th-Century Tibetan Scholar; The Life and Art of the Tenth Karma-pa Chos-dbyings-rdo-rje (1604-1674: A Biography of a Great Tibetan Lama and Artis of the Turbulent Seventeenth Century; as well as numerous scholarly articles and conference papers.


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Jeffrey Mishlove, Ph.D. — Program Dean for Transformational Psychology (Full-Time)Dr Jeffrey Mishlove

Ph.D. Parapsychology, University of California, Berkeley; MCrim Criminology, University of California, Berkeley

  • Director, Intuition Network
  • Author of “The Roots of Consciousness” and “Thinking Allowed,” a book based upon his weekly series on National Public Television

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Culver N. Nelson, D. Div. (Part-Time)
Doctor Humane Letters, University of Redlands, CA; D.Div., Doane College; D.Div., Pacific School of Religion; MA Religion, University of Southern California

  • Adjunct Professor, Pacific School of Religion and Arizona State University
  • Fellow, Jesus Seminar
  • Editor of “The Fourth R” magazine

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Yolanda Robinson, Ph.D. (Part-Time)

Ph.D. Hispanic Languages and Literature, University of California, Los Angeles, California
M.A. Transformational Psychology, University of Philosophical Research
Graduate, Builders of the Adytum (B.O.T.A.), Los Angeles, California

  • Researcher and Lecturer on Alchemy, Cabala, Tarot, and I Ching
  • Former U.S. Diplomat. Dr. Robinson has served overseas as Public Affairs Officer, United States Department of State, as well as Cultural Attaché and Consul, United States Information Agency
  • Author of Alchemy and Tarot: A Workbook for Personal Transformation; Studies on Mystical Tarot: The Court Cards

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Martin L. Rossman, MD (Part-Time)Dr Martin L Rossman
MD, University of Michigan; BA Pre-Med, University of Michigan

  • Clinical Associate, Department of Medicine, UC Medical Center, San Francisco
  • Adjunct Teaching Faculty, California School for Professional Psychology
  • Founder and Director of the Collaborative Medicine Center, Mill Valley, California
  • Co-director, Academy of Guided Imagery, Mill Valley, CA
  • Author, “Healing Yourself – A Step By Step Program for Better Health Through Imagery” and “Guided Imagery for Self-Healing”
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James Santucci, Ph.D. (Part-Time)

Asian Civilizations, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. Chair & Professor of Comparative Religion at California State University, Fullerton.

Author of over 45 articles and five books, including: An Outline of Vedic Literature; La società teosofica; and An Educator’s Classroom Guide to America’s Religious Beliefs and Practices.


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Dr Vesna Acimovic WallaceVesna Acimovic Wallace, Ph.D. (Part-Time)
Ph.D. South and Southeast Studies, University of California, Berkeley; MA Department of Asian Languages and Literature, University of Washington; BA Department of Indology & Comparative Literature, University of Zagreb, Croatia

  • Faculty, Department of Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Author of “The Inner Kalacakratantra: A Buddhist Tantric View of the Individual,” and the journal articles: “The Methodological Relevance of Contemporary Biblical Scholarship to the Study of Buddhism,” “Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Perspective on the Treatment of Mentally Retarded Children in Latin America” and “The Buddhist Tantric Medicine in the Kalacakratantra”

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Dr Jonathan YoungJonathan Young, Ph.D. (Part-Time)
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Alliant International University, San Diego

  • Storyteller and psychologist, Dr. Young assisted Joseph Campbell at seminars
  • Founding curator of the Joseph Campbell Archives and Library
  • Creator and former chair of Mythological Studies at the Pacifica Graduate Institute
  • Director of the Center for Story and Symbol in Santa Barbara, California

 

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