Marion Goldman has studied cults and new religious movements for three decades.
Her 1999 book, Passionate Journeys, explores the lives of high achievers who followed Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh to central Oregon. It was the basis for a recent Oregon Public Broadcasting special: http://www.opb.org/programs/oregonexperience/programs/41-Rajneeshpuram
The American Soul Rush, published in 2012, examines how many popular practices such as yoga, meditation, holistic healing, and humanistic psychology were Americanized and popularized at Esalen Institute, a spiritual retreat on the California coast.
She is collaborating on a book with Susanna Hecht, American Utopias andContested Visions. Her other recent research deals with the dynamic relationships between faith and food. She is Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies at the University of Oregon and the Scholar in Residence at the Portland Center for Public Humanities.