Bio

Dr. Amy Hale is an Anthropologist (PhD Folklore, UCLA) who specializes in contemporary occult and Pagan history, religions and culture in the United States and the United Kingdom. She has a particular specialization in the intersection of extremist politics in the occult and contemporary Paganism and has worked with Pagan communities and activists to help identify and explain extremist activity . She has written several influential articles about the ways in which the Alt Right/New Right has built networks among Pagan and occult communities. Hale has co-edited 3 books and has written over 30 chapters and articles ranging in topic from modern Druidry to Cornish ethnonationalism, Pagan religious tourism, and the Alt Right in Paganism and the occult. Co-edited books include New Directions in Celtic Studies, and The Journal of the Academic Study of Magic . Hale sits on the editorial boards of the Black Mirror Research Network (Arts University Bournemouth) and Correspondences Journal (Western Esoteric Studies). She 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. Dr. Hale has also been an invited speaker for 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 is 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). Dr. Hale is formerly Lecturer in Contemporary Celtic Studies at the University of Exeter, and is now a consultant for the Higher Education sector.

Sub-specialties: Contemporary Pagan religions, Wicca, Witchcraft, Modern Pagan religious history, European New Right, Alt Right, Alt Right subcultures, Cornish and Celtic ethnonationalism, Western occult beliefs and practices, occult communities.

Articles, Publications, Appearances