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 (ODL). 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.
  • Lead role in ODL accessibility awareness and compliance faculty education; coordinate ODL and Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC) interaction

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); Spring 2015 (Online); Fall 2015 (Online); Spring 2016 (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); Spring 2015 (Online); Summer 2015 (Online); Fall 2015 (Online); Spring 2016 (Online)
  • Utah State University: Introduction to Buddhism, Spring 2015 (Online); Summer 2015 (Online); Fall 2015 (Online); Spring 2016 (Online)

Online Course Development:

  • Utah State University: Introduction to Religious Studies (RELS1010) online course, Summer 2014;  Introduction to Buddhism (REL3010) online course, Fall 2014
  • Florida State University: Introduction to World Religions (REL1300), Summer 2012-Fall 2012; revised Summer 2015

Teaching Assistant:

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


Peer-Reviewed Journal Essays

Invited 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

  • “Illuminati Controversy,” “New Age,” and “Buddhism” in Religion and Politics in America, Smith, Frank, ed., Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, May 2016.
  • “Astral plane,” “Mesmerism,” and “Ritual magic” entries in Ghosts, Spirits, and Psychics: The Paranormal from Alchemy to Zombies, Matt Cardin, ed., ABC-Clio, August 2015.
  • “Spiritualism,” and “Aleister Crowley,” and “Automatic Writing” entries in Spirit Possession around the World: Possession, Communion, and Demon Expulsion across Cultures, Joseph Laycock, ed., ABC-Clio, June 2015. Pgs 22-24, 87-89, 323-328.
  • “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

Invited Presentations

Conference Presentations


Academic Service

  • Co-Organized THATCamp AAR/SBL, 2014-2016
  • MOOC Advisory Committee Member, Society for U.S. Intellectual Historians, 2013
  • Buddhism in the West, American Academy of Religion (AAR) Steering Committee Member, 2013-2016
  • Outside reviewer for Oxford University Press



  • American Historical Association, 2013-2015
  • American Academy of Religion, 2010-2015
  • Association for the Study of Esotericism (North America), 2006-2015
  • European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism, 2008-2015
  • The National Society of Collegiate Scholars
  • Sigma Nu Fraternity, Iota Pi Chapter


  • 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, 201 and 2014
  • FSU Congress of Graduate Students Conference Presentation Grant, 2009-2010, 2012-2014
  • FSU Graduate Tuition Scholarship, 2009 – 2013
  • Amsterdam Merit Scholarship, Graduate School of Humanities 2007-2009
  • Georgia HOPE Tuition Scholarship 2004-2007

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 PCA 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

Magnolia Studios, Inc., Marietta, Georgia
Information Systems Manager December 1994 to February 1996

  • Oversaw the installation and maintenance of data intensive network for a multi-lingual service company
  • Maintained numerous non-English operating systems, particularly Asian language operating systems
  • Typeset documents in over forty languages, and output client files on a variety of print devices including imagesetters and direct-to-plate printers

ComputerLand/Vanstar National Technical Support Center, Roswell, Georgia
Help Desk Technical Specialist January 1992 to December 1994

  • Lead specialist for Microsoft products and all Macintosh OS, software and hardware support calls
  • Answered end-user support calls for over 40 different software applications for Windows and Macintosh
  • Evaluated and trained new personnel in operational procedures, equipment configuration and use
  • Created internal software applications for call tracking and technical skills tests
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