Morgan Shipley

Morgan Shipley is visiting assistant professor in religious studies at Michigan State University. He received his Bachelor’s degree from DePaul University, a Master’s degree from the University of Chicago, and holds a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. His research focuses on new religious movements, the history of non-Western religions, and alternative spiritualities in America, specifically through analyses of popular culture, social movements, political practices, and identity structures. He has authored chapters on the baby boomer generation, the “me” decade, and the cultural significance of Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club, co-edited The Silence of Fallout: Nuclear Criticism in a Post-Cold War World, and has articles in peer-reviewed journals including Utopian Studies, Preternature: Critical and Historical Studies on the Preternatural, The Journal of Popular Culture, and The Journal for the Study of Radicalism. In addition to forthcoming book chapters on madness, religion, and art, communalism and play in the 1960s, and an article on Alan Watts’s and religious pluralism, Morgan is the author of a forthcoming book entitled Psychedelic Mysticism: Transforming Consciousness, Religious Experiences, and Voluntary Peasants in Postwar America (Lexington Books, November 2015).