I’m happy to welcome Prof. Carole Cusack who has been working and teaching in the field of religious studies at the University of Sydney for more than 40 years.
Carole is not only well-known and highly respected in the world of academia but also among practicing occultists despite of not being a practitioner herself. She has been involved in teaching undergraduate courses since 1984 and her work covers many different topics of religion, esotericism and spirituality.
Growing up in a strict Catholic family Carole decided for herself that she didn’t believe in those concepts and went on to graduate from university with a PhD as a mediaevalist in 1996. Soon after that she started to teach contemporary religion and as she knew quite a few practitioners in different new religious movements she discovered her interest in writing and working in this specific area. Having a passion collecting articles, books and a lot of other material, the ability to connect the dots quickly and the attitude of a forensic criminal investigator ties in pretty well with her excellent work which is frequently published online on academia.edu.