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Sharenda Holland Barlar

ABD, Wheaton College, is Associate Lecturer of Spanish in Wheaton, Illinois. She has taught courses in Spanish conversation and Spanish literature. Currently her research is focused on the Pilgrimage to the Way of St. James in Spain. She is teaching a research course on the history of pilgrimage and directs pilgrimage groups to Spain. She has published several articles on the Camino de Santiago.

Anne M. Blankenship

Ph.D. (2012) University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at North Dakota State University. She published Christianity, Social Justice, and the Japanese American Incarceration during World War II (University of North Carolina Press) in 2016 and several related articles.

Valentina Bold

is Reader in Literature and Ethnology, at the University of Glasgow, Dumfries, Scotland. She has published widely on Scottish literature, oral traditions and song. Books include James Hogg: A Bard of Nature’s Making, Robert Burns’ Merry Muses of Caledonia and, with Andrew Nash, Gateway to the Modern: Re-Situating J.M. Barrie.

Alexandria M. Egler

Ph.D. (2016) Fordham University, serves as the Executive Director of Mission, Ministry & Interfaith Dialogue at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York and teaches in the Religious Studies Department at St. Francis College as well as in the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham University in the Bronx. Her primary research and scholarly interests focus on the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition as well as pilgrimage as a spiritual and educational quest with a critical examination of non-traditional articulations of the journey.

Shirley du Plooy

Ph.D. (2016) University of the Free State, is lecturer of Anthropology at the university. She has published articles and book chapters on health systems research and pilgrimage, including ‘South(ern) African Journeys of Reverence’. In Albera, Dionigi and John Eade (eds) New Pathways in Pilgrimage Studies: Global Perspectives (Routledge, 2017) and ‘The making of eastern Free State Pilgrimage’. In: Philip Nel, Paul Post & Wouter van Beek (eds) Sacred spaces & contested identities: Space and ritual dynamics in Europe and Africa (Africa World Press, 2014).

Miguel Taín Guzmán

Ph.D. (1997), is Associate Professor of History of Art at the University of Santiago de Compostela. He has published many books and articles on the journey of Cosimo III of Medici in Spain, including “De España a Florencia: obras de arte y artículos de lujo adquiridos por Cosimo III de’ Medici durante su viaje hispánico”, Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz, 2014, LVI, 193–213.

Kate Hetherington

BSc (Hons) Psychology (1st Class) (2016), is an independent researcher within the domain of psychology. Her research focuses on the phenomenon of pilgrimage and its relationship with health and wellbeing.

Scott Libson

Ph.D. (2016), Emory University, is History Librarian at Indiana University, Bloomington. His research and writing centers on American Protestant foreign missions and philanthropy in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.

Kip Redick

Ph.D. (2001), Regent University, Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Christopher Newport University. His most recent publication: “Spiritual Rambling: Long Distance Wilderness Sojourning as Meaning-Making.” Journal of Ritual Studies, Vol. 30/Num. 2/2016: 41–52.

Chadwick Co Sy Su

MA (2009), University of the Philippines Manila, is Assistant Professor of Organizational Communication at that university. He has presented papers on secular pilgrimages in the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, and China.

Roy Tamashiro

Ed.D. (1976), University of Massachusetts-Amherst, is Professor Emeritus at Webster University (USA). His recent scholarship in peace research has included peace pilgrimages, the oral history of witness/survivors of atrocities, and the psychology of transformative learning.

Heather A. Warfield

Ph.D. (2013), North Carolina State University, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology at Antioch University. She has published articles on the therapeutic value of pilgrimage and pilgrimage as healing from military combat. Her research is focused on pilgrimage as a psychological universal and the intersection of pilgrimage and wellbeing.

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