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Ph.D., Rutgers: The State University of New Jersey, 1993
M.A., The University of Sussex, 1986
B.A. (Hons.), Queen's University at Kingston, 1985
In 2022-2024 I’ll be teaching in the Arts One program — The Sources of the Self. See the description of the program here: https://artsone.arts.ubc.ca/themes/2022-2024-sources-of-the-self/sources-of-the-self/
I am currently working on a book-length study, tentatively titled Sexual Heresies: Religion, Science, and Sexuality in Modern Britain, that explores the impact of the new sciences of sexuality and new understandings of sexual identity on religion and religious experience, from liberal modernism to the new orthodoxies of conservative Catholicism and modern evangelicalism.
- Modern Britain
- History of gender, sexuality, and the body
- History of religion
- History of the social and human sciences
- History of empire
For an ongoing and periodically updated bibliography of work on religion and sexuality in modern Britain, please see Bibliography: Religion and Sexuality in Modern Britain.
J.W. Alexander; J. Dixon. Thomson Nelson guide to writing in history. Toronto: Thomson Nelson, 2006, 2nd ed. 2010.
J. Dixon. Divine feminine: theosophy and feminism in England. Baltimore, Md: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001.
J. Dixon, “Sex Magick as Sacramental Sexology: Aleister Crowley’s Queer Masculinity,” Correspondences: Journal of the Study of Esotericism (in press).
J. Dixon, “‘Thoughts Are Things’: Theosophy, Religion, and the History of the Real,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion (December 2021): 1171-1179.
J. Dixon, “‘Dark Ecstacies’: Sex, Mysticism and Psychology in Early Twentieth-Century England,” Gender and History 25, 3 (November 2013): 652-667.
J. Dixon, “Out of your clinging kisses .. I create a new world”: Sexuality and Spirituality in the Work of Edward Carpenter”, in The Ashgate Research Companion to Victorian Spiritualism and the Occult, T. Kontou and Wilburn, S. London: Ashgate, 2012.
J. Dixon, co-editor of Special Issue, “Religion and Sexuality” (sole author of Introduction), Victorian Review, vol. 37, no. 2 (Fall 2011), pp. 41-45, 2011.
J. Dixon, “Modernity, Heterodoxy, and the Transformation of Religious Cultures”, in Women, Gender and Religious Cultures in Britain , J. deVries and Morgan, S. London: Routledge, 2010, pp. 211-230.
J. Dixon, “Havelock Ellis and John Addington Symonds, Sexual Inversion (1897)”, Victorian Review, vol. 35, pp. 72-77, 2009.
J. Dixon and Coward, H., “Of Many Mahatmas: Besant, Gandhi, and Indian Nationalism”, in Indian Critiques of Gandhi, Ithaca: State University of New York Press, 2003.
J. Dixon, “Ancient Wisdom, Modern Motherhood: Theosophy and the Colonial Syncretic”, in Gender, Sexuality and Colonial Modernities, A. Burton London: Routledge, 1999.
J. Dixon, “Sexology and the Occult: Sexuality and Subjectivity in Theosophy’s New Age”, Journal of the History of Sexuality, vol. 7, pp. 409-433, 1997.
J. Dixon, “Edward Carpenter: Sex, Spirit, and Social Reform”. The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds, 2012.