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Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D.

(note: birth name is George Edward Bulkley)



  • 2006. “The Zodiac” (co-written with Alexander Bulkley). Think Films.

Book Reviews Written For:

  • Journal of the American Academy of Religion
  • Journal of Religion
  • Religious Studies Review
  • Dream Time
  • Theology and Psychology

Manuscripts Reviewed For:

  • Oxford University Press
  • State University of New York Press
  • Columbia University Press
  • University of California Press
  • Rutgers University Press
  • Palgrave Macmillan
  • Journal of Religion
  • History of Religions
  • Journal of the American Academy of Religion
  • JAAR Academy Series
  • Dreaming
  • Sleep and Hypnosis
  • Journal of Anthropological Research
  • Journal of Political Psychology
  • Nederlands Theologisch Tijdschrift
  • Psychological Reports
  • Jason Aronson Publisher
  • Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
  • Religion

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Religion
  • American Psychological Association, Division 36, Psychology of Religion
  • International Association for the Study of Dreams

Courses Taught

1995-2010 The Graduate Theological Union

  • Dreaming in the World’s Religions (co-taught with Patricia M. Davis and
  • Lewis Rambo), PSHR 4208
  • Mind, Habit, Change, Conversion (co-taught with Mark Graves, David
  • Gortner, et al.), PSST 4298
  • Psychology of Religion (co-taught with Lewis Rambo and Patricia M. Davis), PSHR 4870
  • Religion and Psychology: Methods (co-taught with Lewis Rambo and Steven Bauman), PS 5506
  • The Soul, the Psyche, the Brain, PS 5175
  • Religion and the Life Cycle, PS 2125
  • Dreams and Visions, PS 2360
  • The Psychology of Religion (co-taught with Lewis Rambo), PS 5150
  • The Spiritual Growth of Children, EDSP 4062

These courses critically examine Western psychological research on the nature of religion. Classical and contemporary studies are included. In addition to traditional psychological studies of Christianity and Judaism, the courses address the psychological investigation of religious belief, practice, and experience in non-Western cultures. Special attention is given to the implication of these issues for pastoral caregiving, psychotherapy, child development, and cultural criticism.

1999-2009 John F. Kennedy University

  • The Psychology of Dreaming, ISD 5012
  • Dreaming as a Spiritual Practice, CNS 5219
  • Cross-Cultural History of Dreaming, CNS 5211
  • Sleep, Dreams, and Consciousness, CNS 5030

These courses introduce students to the various religious and cultural practices used to interpret and explore dreams through history, with discussion of how these practices relate to the contemporary work of Western researchers and psychotherapists.

2002-Present University of Philosophical Research

  • Dreams and the Quest for Meaning, MTP 652

This course focuses on the influence of dreaming on the world’s religious and spiritual traditions. The first seven lectures concentrates on one particular area and/or tradition (the Ancient Near East, Judaism, Ancient Greece, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Native American cultures); The eighth lecture highlights the discoveries of Sigmund Freud and C.G. Jung; the ninth discusses recent findings in the neuropsychological functioning of the brain/mind system during sleep and dreaming; and the tenth looks to the future of dream research.

1996-2000 Santa Clara University

  • Religion and the Life Cycle, RS 63
  • Psychology and Religion: Quest for the Self, RS 62
  • Dreaming: Religious and Scientific Approaches, RS 186

These three courses present students with new perspectives on the relationship between religion and psychology, focusing on what religious traditions and modern psychological research have to say about such topics as the soul, consciousness, free will, moral reasoning, secularization, creativity, human development, the influence of culture, and the nature of God.

1990-1993 The University of Chicago

  • Self, Culture, and Society, Social Sciences 121-122-123

This year-long series of courses is part of the undergraduate core curriculum at the University of Chicago. The courses introduce first-year students to classic works in the social sciences (e.g., Adam Smith, Karl Marx, Max Weber, Emile Durkheim, Sigmund Freud, Claude Levi-Strauss, Michel Foucault) and to contemporary research in psychology, anthropology, and sociology.

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