Amanda Montell is a a writer, linguist, and podcast host living in Los Angeles. She is the author of the book Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism and co-host of the Spotify Top 20 podcast, “Sounds like a cult.”
Carole M. Cusack is professor of religious studies at the University of Sydney, Australia. Trained as a medievalist, Cusack has taught about contemporary religious trends, publishing on pilgrimage and tourism, modern pagan religions, new religious movements, the interface between religion and politics, and religion and popular culture since the 1990s.
Stephen Gregg is is senior lecturer in religious studies at the University of Wolverhampton and the honorable secretary of the British Association for the Study of Religions. His background is in 19th-century Hindu philosophy, but in recent years he has specialized in minority religious movements. Contact via the University of Wolverhampton’s experts portal.
David G. Bromley is a professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. He specializes in sociology of religion, with a particular emphasis on the study of New Religious Movements and the anti-cult movement. He is co-editor of Cults, Religion, and Violence.
George D. Chryssides is a visiting research fellow in theology and religious studies, York St. John University, U.K. His research has focused on New Religious Movements, including the Jehovah’s Witnesses. He was formerly head of religious studies at the University of Wolverhampton.
Evgeny Grishin is is a historian of Europe and Russia in the period of early modernity with particular interests in language, religion, and materiality at the School of Advanced Studies, University of Tyumen.
Susan Palmer studies New Religious Movements and teaches religious studies at Concordia University and McGill University.
Al Makin is a philosophy professor at Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University in Indonesia. He researches New Religious Movements with a particular interest in Millah Abraham, a faith group that originated in Indonesia.
Joseph Laycock is an assistant professor of religious studies at Texas State University, where he researches New Religious Movements and American religious history.