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Kelly Bulkeley Ph.D.


Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D., is a dream researcher, psychologist of religion, and author of numerous books on dreaming. He is director of the Sleep and Dream Database (SDDb), a digital archive and search engine designed for open exploration. He earned a doctorate in Religion and Psychological Studies from the University of Chicago Divinity School, an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from Stanford University. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

A former president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams and a senior editor of the APA journal Dreaming, he has written and edited numerous books on dream research. His works include An Introduction to the Psychology of Dreaming (Praeger, 1997; second edition 2017), American Dreamers: What Dreams Tell Us about the Political Psychology of Conservatives, Liberals, and Everyone Else (Beacon Press, 2008), Dreaming in the World’s Religions: A Comparative History (New York University Press, 2008), Dreaming in the Classroom: Practices, Methods, and Resources in Dream Education (SUNY Press, 2011), Lucid Dreaming: New Perspectives on Consciousness in Sleep (Praeger, 2014), Big Dreams: The Science of Dreaming and the Origins of Religion (Oxford University Press, 2016), Lucrecia the Dreamer: Prophecy, Cognitive Science, and the Spanish Inquisition (Stanford University Press, 2018), The Scribes of Sleep (Oxford University Press, 2023), 2020 Dreams (Stanford University Press, 2023), and The Spirituality of Dreaming (Broadleaf, 2023).

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