Joseph Kramp

My scholarship in the area of religious studies is done primarily in the area of psychology of religion, which applies psychological theories and tests directly to religious experiences, broadly construed, for the purpose of identifying ways in which religion or spirituality either assists or hinders human flourishing.

I am primarily interested in life writing or autobiography/biography and the relationship between individual stories and the larger social and historical contexts in which those individuals live.  How does religious belief assist or hinder the individual and group in such contexts?  These interests take my research outside of religious studies into history, philosophy, business ethics, and political science, to name a few, although the template or approach I am using remains the same and is considered the hallmark goal of research done in the field of psychology of religion.

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