Kocku von Stuckrad is Full Professor of Religious Studies and since 2013 the Dean of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Groningen, in the Netherlands. He has published extensively on topics related to the history of religion in Europe, method and theory in the study of religion, esoteric and mystical traditions and European intellectual history. He was a founding board member of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE). Currently, and is currently President of the Dutch Association for the Study of Religion (NGG).