Christine Downing, currently a Professor of Mythological Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, was the first woman president of the American Academy of Religion, the primary professional association for religious studies scholars. She taught for almost twenty years in the Department of Religious Studies at San Diego State University (a good part of the time as Chair of the Department) and during the same period as a member of the Core Faculty at the San Diego campus of the California School of Professional Psychology. From 1963 to 1974 she served as a faculty member of the Religion Department at Douglass College of Rutgers University. She has also taught at the Jung Institut in Zurich and lectures frequently to Jungian groups both here and abroad and at American and European universities. Her undergraduate degree in literature is from Swarthmore College; her Ph.D., in religion and culture is from Drew University Her books include The Goddess; Journey Through Menopause, Psyche's Sisters, Myths and Mysteries of Same-Sex Love, Mirrors of the Self, Women's Mysteries, Gods In Our Midst, The Long Journey Home, The Luxury of Afterwards and Preludes: Essays in the Ludic Imagination .
Publications Include: The Luxury of Afterwards; Prelude: Essays in Ludic Imagination; Disturbances in the Field: Essays in Honor of David L. Miller (editor); Gleanings: Essays 1982-2006
Areas of Emphasis: Greek Mythology; Women’s Studies; Psychoanalysis
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