John Lowell Crow

1700 N. Monroe Street
Suite 11-264
Tallahassee, FL 32303


Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, 2009–Present
Doctoral Candidate, Department of Religious Studies
Dissertation: Occult Bodies: The Corporal Construction of the Theosophical Society, 1895-1935
Academic Advisor: Amanda Porterfield (Florida State University)

University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2007–2009
Research Master’s, Religious Studies, Cum Laude
Thesis: The White Knight in the Yellow Robe: Allan Bennett’s Search for Truth
Academic Advisors: Marco Pasi (University of Amsterdam) & Elizabeth J. Harris (Liverpool Hope University)

Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia, 2003–2007
Bachelor of Arts in English, Summa Cum Laude

Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Monastery, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, July 2004
Humanistic Buddhism Monastic Life Summer Program

Southern Polytechnic State University, Marietta, Georgia, 1991–1993
Bachelor of Science in Computer Sciences (uncompleted)

Professional Experience

Instructional Development Faculty

  • Florida State University, Office of Distance Learning. August 2014 to Present
    • Designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating appropriate instructional and technological solutions in support of online courses and programs for a variety of departments throughout the university.
    • Ensuring the quality of the instructional design of online courses and programs though training, consultation, and other related activities.
    • Assisting with the development of project budgets, timelines, and marketing materials to ensure successful deployment of online programs and courses.

Course Instructor:

  • Florida State University: Introduction to World Religions, Spring 2010; Spring 2012; Fall 2012; Spring 2013; Spring 2013 (Online); Summer 2013 (Online), Summer 2014 (Online); Fall 2014 (Online)
  • Florida State University: Religion in the United States, Fall 2013
  • Florida State University: New Religious Movements, Spring 2014
  • Tallahassee Community College: Introduction to World Religion, Fall 2011; Spring 2012; Summer 2012; Summer 2012 (Online); Fall 2012; Spring 2013; Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Summer 2014, Fall 2014
  • Tallahassee Community College: Humanities I (Pre-History to Italian Renaissance), Spring 2013
  • Utah State University: Introduction to Religious Studies, Fall 2014

Online Course Development:

  • Florida State University: Assisted in the development of department’s first online course, Introduction to World Religions, Summer 2012-Fall 2012
  • Utah State University: Developed an Introduction to Religious Studies online course for the Religious Studies program in the History Department, Summer 2014

Teaching Assistant:

  • Florida State University: Introduction to World Religions, Fall 2009
  • Florida State University: Multicultural Film, Summer 2012


Peer-Reviewed Journal Essays

Book Chapters

  • “Accessing the Astral with a Monitor and Mouse: Esoteric Religion and the Astral located in Three Dimensional Virtual Realms” in Contemporary Esotericism, Granholm K. & Egil Asprem, eds. London: Acumen Publishing, February 2013.
  • Venerable Ananda Metteyya’s Buddhist Mission to the UK,” in Dharma to the UK: A Centennial Celebration of Buddhist Legacy. ed. Dr. Mahinda Deegalle. London: World Buddhist Foundation, 14-36, September 2008.

Book Reviews

Reference Work Entries

  • “Astral plane,” “Mesmerism,” and “Ritual magic” entries in Ghosts, Spirits, and Psychics: The Paranormal from Alchemy to Zombies, Matt Cardin, ed., ABC-Clio, forthcoming.
  • “Spiritualism,” and “Aleister Crowley,” and “Automatic Writing” entries in Encyclopedia of Possession and Exorcism, Joseph Laycock, ed., ABC-Clio, forthcoming.
  • “Illuminati Controversy” and “New Age” in Encyclopedia of Religion and Politics in America, DiMare, Philip C., ed., Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, forthcoming.
  • “Spiritualism” and “Ouija Board” entries in The Twenties in America, Carl Rollyson, ed. Pasadena: Salem Press, April 2012. Pgs 658-659, 818-819.
  • “Thought-Forms” and “The Seal of the Theosophical Society” entries in Emblems, Magic, and Higher Knowledge: Western Esotericism in Images. Egil Asprem & Joyce Pijnenburg, eds. Seattle: Ouroboros Press, forthcoming.

Journals, Magazines and Other Publications


Keynote Presentation



  • FSU Excellence in Online Course Design Award (2013)
  • FSU Excellence in Online Teaching Award, Honorable Mention  (2013)
  • Best Philosophy Paper, Third Annual Southeast Regional History Graduate Student Conference, 2011
  • FSU Department of Religion Presentation Grant, 2009 & 2010
  • FSU Congress of Graduate Students ConferencePresentation Grant, 2009 & 2010
  • FSU Graduate Tuition Scholarship, 2009 – 2013
  • Amsterdam Merit Scholarship, Graduate School of Humanities 2007-2009
  • Georgia HOPE Tuition Scholarship 2004-2007

Academic Service

  • MOOC Advisory Committee Member, Society for U.S. Intellectual Historians, 2013
  • Buddhism in the West, American Academy of Religion (AAR) Sub-Committee Member, 2013

Work Experience

Infotank, LLC., Atlanta, Georgia
Information Technology Support Engineer August 2006 to July 2007

  • Assist in the maintenance of all information technology for largest Presbyterian congregation in the United States
  • Provide support of servers, network, and users on a day-to-day basis

TechDiscovery, LLC., Atlanta, Georgia
Information Technology Manager September 2000 to August 2006

  • Designed, implemented, and managed Windows 2003 & Cisco based network infrastructure between Atlanta, Georgia and Kiev, Ukraine, with satellite locations in Denver, Colorado, and Austin, Texas.
  • Project management of multiple internal and client based projects
  • Taught numerous internal courses to employees and management on software and network systems

GlobalDoc, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia
Localization Manager January 1999 to August 1999

  • Managed projects for adapting software products and documentation for foreign markets for Fortune 500 companies
  • Installed and managed internal local area network
  • Updated and maintained company internet site in five languages

MB Consulting, Inc., Acworth, Georgia
President February 1996 to September 2000

  • Installed & managed Windows & Macintosh based networks for graphics and publishing companies throughout Southeastern United States
  • Sales & installation of non-English language fonts, graphics & design software, specializing in Asian languages
  • Assisted Apple Computer, Inc., Adobe Systems, Inc. and DiamondSoft, Inc. in prerelease beta testing of non-English language software


  • American Historical Association, 2013-2014
  • American Academy of Religion, 2010-2014
  • Association for the Study of Esotericism (North America), 2006-2014
  • European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism, 2008-2014
  • The National Society of Collegiate Scholars
  • Sigma Nu Fraternity, Iota Pi Chapter