James R. Lewis currently teaches Religious Studies at the University of Tromsø in Norway. He is an active, well-published scholar of new religious movements. In this field, he has edited or co-edited more than a dozen scholarly anthologies, and authored several monographs and reference books. He is the general editor of Brill's Handbooks in Contemporary Religions series, co-editor of Ashgate's Controversial Religions series, and co-editor of Equinox's forthcoming Approaches to New Religions series. His titles have won ALA, Choice, and NY Public Library book awards.