Constance A Jones Constance Jones

Transformative Studies
Transformative Inquiry Department
School of Consciousness and Transformation

PhD, Emory University

MA, BA, Vanderbilt University

Constance A. Jones, PhD (Sociology, Emory University) is a sociologist of religion who researches new religious movements, Hinduism and Buddhism in the West, Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Knowledge, Transdisciplinarity, Heuristic Methods, J. Krishnamurti, the teachings of G.I. Gurdjieff, and the meeting of East and West in intellectual history.
After receiving a doctorate with honors, she was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for the Study of New Religious Movements of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Beginning with her doctoral dissertation on the caste system in India, she has pursued a life-long interest in the cultures and religions of India, including the adoption of Eastern beliefs and practices into Western systems of thought.
She has served on faculties of a number of graduate programs of religion, including the Graduate Theological Union; the Department of Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara; and Columbia Theological Seminary. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Institutes of Health, the Ford Foundation, and the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars. As a Fulbright scholar in India, she taught at Banaras Hindu University and Vasanta College and conducted research at the Krishnamurti Study Center, Varanasi.

For the last 30 years, Connie has been a member of several multi-disciplinary teams of scholars that investigate new religious movements around the world. These teams have done research on a wide range of new religions and have analyzed the dissemination of Eastern thought in the West through religious movements with Hindu and Buddhist roots. She has published books on Hinduism and the teachings of G.I. Gurdjieff as well as numerous articles on new religions.

Currently, she is an active member of CESNUR, Association for the Study of New Religions, Torino, Italy; the International Advisory Board for "The Complete Teachings of J. Krishnamurti, 1910-1986"; and the American Academy of Religion.

Jones, Constance A. (in press). Gnostic Sensibilities in Gurdjieff's "Work" in Garry Trompf, Jay Johnston and Gunner Mikkelsen (eds.) The Gnostic World. Abingdon, U.K.: Routledge.

Jones, Constance A. (2017) Assistant Editor of J. G. Melton, J. Beverley, C. A. Jones, and P.S. Nadell. Melton's Encyclopedia of American Religions. Ninth Edition. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Publishing.

Encyclopedia of Hinduism. Senior Author with James D. Ryan. Facts-on-File Press, New York. In Press. Publication date- February, 2007.

The Legacy of G.I. Gurdjieff. Torino, Italy: Elli-Di-Ci Press, February, 2005.

“Students in Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment: A Profile from Demographic Survey, Narrative and Interview.” in Mikael Rothstein and Reender Kranenborg (editors) New Religions in a Postmodern World. Renner Series, Volume 6. Copenhagen: Aarhus University Press, 2003.

“The Gurdjieff Foundations” in Gordon Melton (editor) Encyclopedia of Religions of the World. 4 Volumes. Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2002.

“J. Krishnamurti” in Gordon Melton (editor) Encyclopedia of Religions of the World. 4 Volumes. Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2002.

“Feminist Research in the Sociology of Religion” in Arvind Sharma (editor) Methodology in Religious Studies: The Interface with Women’s Studies. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2002.


Gurdjieff and Music: The Gurdjieff/de Hartmann Piano Music and its Esoteric Significance. In queue to be published in Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions.

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Allan Combs Allan Combs
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Tracy Cooper Tracy Cooper
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Mayra Cortez Mayra Cortez
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Dan Crowe Dan Crowe
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MEd, University of Georgia,
Daniel Deslauriers Daniel Deslauriers
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Gabrielle Donnelly Gabrielle Donnelly
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May Elawar May Elawar
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PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies,
MA, American University, Washington DC,
Dulce Garcia
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Judith Glick-Smith Judith Glick-Smith
Alumna, Transformative Studies, PhD
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Joanne Gozawa Joanne Gozawa
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BA, San Francisco State University,
Lesley Jackson Lesley Jackson
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Transformative Studies
PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies,
MA, Michigan State University,
Constance A. Jones Constance A. Jones
Professor, Transformative Studies
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MA, BA, Vanderbilt University,
Gary Lachman Gary Lachman
Adjunct Instructor, Transformative Studies
BA, California State University, Los Angeles,
Sherill Lambruschini Sherill Lambruschini
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Kathy Littles Kathy Littles
PhD, University of California, Davis,
Jeffery Martin Jeffery Martin
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Chip McAuley Chip McAuley
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Alfonso Montuori Alfonso Montuori
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MA, Monterey Institute of International Studies,
Teddie Potter Teddie Potter
Alumna, Transformative Studies, PhD
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Michael A. Raffanti Michael A. Raffanti
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Transformative Studies
EdD, Fielding Graduate University,
MIT, Evergreen State College,
Jennifer Wells Jennifer Wells
Associate Professor, Transformative Studies
PhD, University of California, Berkeley,
PhD, Sorbonne Paris IV,

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