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Diana Walsh Pasulka

Professor of Religious Studies
University of North Carolina

Dr. Diana Walsh Pasulka (Heath) is a professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. She writes and teaches about the history of the Catholic tradition and new religious movements, particularly as they intersect with digital technologies. Her published work, on topics as varied as the Catholic doctrine of Purgatory to UFOs, to human potentials, has received international acclaim.

Dr. Pasulka contributes to a diverse range of media and her work can be found in Vice, Vox, Fox News, Tank, The Los Angeles Review of Books, among others. Her insights and perspectives have captured the attention of audiences not only through the written word but also through podcasts, and includes notable appearances on Vox Media’s Ezra Klein, Mysterious Universe, Coast to Coast, and Lex Fridman.

In collaboration with the Vatican Apostolic Archive (formerly, the Vatican Secret Archive), Dr. Pasulka leads the translation project of the canonization records of the revered saint, Joseph of Copertino, an Italian saint from the 17th Century. St. Copertino is known as the saint who levitated. Dr. Pasulka also consults for movies, television productions, and documentaries. She is the consulting producer for the forthcoming docuseries Encounters and is featured in the JJ Abrams docuseries UFO.

She’s spoken at the Guggenheim in New York City, universities, corporations, and conferences including SXSW, about technology, futurism, and the science behind self-help and “manifestation.”

Current work focuses on extraordinary human abilities and transformative creativity.

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Events featuring Diana Walsh Pasulka
Events featuring Diana Walsh Pasulka