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Norris Palmer  |  Interests  |  Scholarship  


  • Ph.D. Interdiciplinary Studies, Graduate Theological Union, May 09, 2002
    Pluralism and Religious Identity: The Local Construction and Negotiation of Hindu Identity in the Face of Local and Translocal Forces

Teaching Experience:

  • Professor - Saint Mary's College (July 01, 2010 - Present)
  • Associate Professor - Saint Mary's College of California (July 01, 2006 - June 30, 2010)
  • Assistant Professor - Saint Mary's College of California (July 01, 2002)
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor - Saint Mary's College of California (August 01, 1998)


Selected Presentations

  • Inverting the Object of Study: Recalibrating the Frame of Reference in Study Abroad Experiences. Palmer, Norris (paper)
    Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion
    (November 2011)


  • Palmer, Norris W. 2006. Geography and Generation: Hindu Identity in a New Landscape.. Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternate and Emergent Religions 10 (1).
  • Palmer, Norris W. 2005. Baba's World: A Global Guru and His Movement, Gurus in America, pg.97-122, SUNY Press, Hindu Studies Series
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Saint Mary's College of California
1928 Saint Mary's Road
Moraga, CA 94575
(925) 631-4000
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