Berkeley Art and Interreligious Pilgrimage Project

Dr. Laura M. Dunn

Laura M. Dunn, Ph.D., is associate faculty at the Graduate Theological Union and coordinator of the Jesuit School of Theology’s writing program. She is also the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Dharma Studies, the flagship journal of the GTU’s Center for Dharma Studies. Laura draws from visual culture, sociology, and aesthetics to illuminate the affective and embodied nature of tantric contemplative theopraxis. Her monograph Visualizing Power appraises the capacity for tantric visualization practices to mediate the spatial-temporal distance between self and other through an interdisciplinary meditation on the image of Parā Śakti, tutelary deity of Abhinavagupta’s Trika Tantra. She is a Presidential Scholar, Newhall Fellow, and Interreligious Collaborative Research Fellow. Laura received her MA at the University of Hawaii and her Ph.D. at the GTU in Berkeley. She enjoys photography, nature, and the arts and lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, with her partner David and their cat, Hina.