Nathan Fisher graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in Religious Studies (Honors) in 2011. He then joined the Clinical and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory at Brown University where he managed the “Varieties of Contemplative Experience” study from 2012-2015. He received the Francisco J. Varela Research Award from the Mind and Life Institute in 2012 and began a PhD program in Religious Studies, with a concentration in Cognitive Science, at the University of California-Santa Barbara in the fall of 2015. His current research interests include: Jewish Mysticism, Abrahamic Contemplative traditions, and the emerging fields of Contemplative Science.