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  • Ritual studies
  • Religion, media, and the performing arts in contemporary North America
  • Anthropology of religion, ethnographic methods
  • Religions of the American Southwest

Ron Grimes is co-editor of the Oxford Ritual Studies Series, Director of Ritual Studies International, and the author of several books on ritual, most recently The Craft of Ritual Studies. He is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Religion and Culture at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, where he taught courses on religion and the performing arts, field research in the study of religion, and ritual studies. Recently, Grimes has held the following positions: Visiting Professor of Religious Studies at Charles University, Prague in the Czech Republic; Senior Researcher and Senior Lecturer at Yale University; and Chair of Ritual Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands. Earlier, he held visiting professorships at the University of Colorado, the University of Pittsburgh, and Notre Dame University. With colleagues Grimes initiated the Ritual Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion and founded the Journal of Ritual Studies. He has been a consultant on ritual and performance for organizations such as the Sundance Institute Playwright’s Lab, the Cranbrook Institute of Science, and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. In addition, he has worked on several documentary film series, including Ocean Entertainment’s Reinventing Ritual and Sleeping Giant’s Death: A Personal View.