Marion Goldman studies cults and new religious movements. Her 1999 book, Passionate Journeys, explores the lives of high achievers who followed Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh to central Oregon. The American Soul Rush, published in 2012 , examines how many popular practices such as yoga, meditation, holistic healing, and humanistic psychology were Americanized and popularized at Esalen Institute, a spiritual retreat on the California coast. Her current research deals with the dynamic relationships between faith and food. She is Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies at the University of Oregon. She is currently a Scholar in Residence at the Portland Center for Public Humanities.