Amy Hale is a scholar of occult, esoteric and marginal cultures with a passion for accessibility and outreach.
"The fact that I don’t fit into neat tidy boxes is, in my view, a feature, not a bug."
Amy Hale has a PhD in Folklore and Mythology from UCLA and her research and writing ranges from contemporary Cornwall to modern Pagan and occult subcultures in United States and the United Kingdom. She has written about topics as diverse as modern Druidry, Cornish ethnonationalism, Pagan religious tourism, color theory, the occult, and extremist politics in modern Paganism. In 2009 she received a research grant from the Paul Mellon Foundation for her ongoing research into the British Surrealist and esotericist Ithell Colquhoun, and her biography on Colquhoun Genius of the Fern Loved Gully will be published by Strange Attractor Press in late 2019.
As an educator, Hale's specialization and passion has been online teaching and learning in the higher education sector. After two decades of experience in online education, including high volume teaching, and a corporate position managing an instructional design team, she has now retired from higher education to focus on writing. However, she occasionally delivers workshops for PhDs and graduate students who are rethinking their relationship to academia and who want to consider employment outside the academy. In 2015 she was awarded a Regional Grant from the American Academy of Religion to promote this work.
She been a content advisor and curator for festivals and exhibitions. Hale was content specialist for Tamarisk 2000: A Festival of Celtic Culture and the Environment in Newquay, Cornwall, and was also one of the organizers of the First Annual Festival of Southern Art and Culture in Orlando, Florida. She has also consulted for English Heritage and the Cornwall Tourist Board, helping to promote culturally-sensitive tourism development. Hale has been a regular guest on BBC Radio Cornwall, has been featured on BBC World Service and has been interviewed for the New York Times religion section. She has also been a guest on a number of podcasts including Erik Davis' Expanding Mind.
A lively public speaker, Hale has been an invited speaker at a varied array of academic and popular events, including the Conference on Contemporary Pagan Studies at the Claremont School of Theology, the Occult Humanities Conference at NYU and I:MAGE at the Warburg Institute in London. She continues to be active in academic service as the Co-Chair of the Contemporary Pagan Studies Section for the American Academy of Religion (AAR), a member of the Association for the Study of Esotericism (ASE) and a member of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE). She sits on the editorial boards of the Black Mirror Research Network (Arts University Bournemouth) and Correspondences Journal (Western Esoteric Studies) and is a past editor of The Journal of the Academic Study of Magic.
She also loves singing barbershop, tiki mugs, and interior design. She resides in Atlanta with her family, five cats, and a 250-year-old oak tree.