Marguerite Rigoglioso is graduating this fall with her Ph.D. in humanities from the California Institute of Integral Studies, where she also earned her M.A. in philosophy and religion, with a concentration in women's spirituality. She is a faculty member at Dominican University of California, where she is assisting the development of a new program in women and gender studies and helping to establish women's spirituality as an undergraduate discipline. Ms. Rigoglioso has traveled in Europe and North Africa, researching ancient female divinities and priestesshoods. Her work has appeared in numerous academic journals and anthologies, including the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, where in 2005 she received honorable mention for the journal’s New Scholar Award for her pioneering paper on the Graeco-Roman cult center devoted to Persephone at Lake Pergusa in Sicily.