Date of Award

Spring 5-10-2013

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Religious Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Abbas Barzegar

Second Advisor

Dr. Kathryn McClymond

Third Advisor

Dr. Jonathan Herman


Contemplative Studies is an emerging field within higher education and American culture that is blurring the boundaries of modernity by bringing seemingly religious practices in spaces such as scientific laboratories, classrooms and corporate workplaces, which are often understood as secular environments. This thesis studies the field of Contemplative Studies in higher education by organizing it into the two categories, Contemplative Science and Contemplative Pedagogy in order to situate them in their proper contexts. The paper, then, situates the discourses of Contemplative Science and Contemplative Pedagogy in the larger context of modernity, spirituality in America, science and secularity. In doing so, it brings to light a number of nuances and paradoxes within the contemplative movement that have heretofore been uncommented upon.