Staff and Academic Advisory Board

Meet the staff of the Ritman Research Institute


Carlos Gilly | University of Basel -

Dr. Carlos Gilly
Senior Researcher

Carlos Gilly has been a pillar of the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica for over thirty years and has a distinguished career as a researcher of Early Modern Hermetism and religious dissidence. He has published dozens of books and articles in multiple languages on theosophy, Gnosis and alchemy, but he is especially known for his studies on Rosicrucianism which are fundamental to the field.

To see Carlos Gilly’s publications, click here.

Corey Andrews

Corey Andrews's interests include early modern esoteric thought, evolutionary psychology, the neurobiological underpinnings of religious belief, dream symbolism, and the reception of Rosicrucian thought in twentieth century psychoanalysis. His current research focuses on Pansophia (universal wisdom), especially in Rosicrucianism in early modern Europe. In addition to leading tours of exhibitions, he recently published an article exploring the symbolism of a seventeenth-century Rosicrucian manuscript.

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Kyra Gerber

Kyra Gerber graduated in History (Research MA) in 2022 and is currently finishing her second Master in Jewish Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She received the Heinrich Heine Prize for Young Research in 2019 and has published academic articles on Jewish history. Her research interests include the writings of Heinrich Heine, the long 19th century, Kabbalah, Freemasonry, and Alchemy. In addition to leading regular tours and special tours of exhibitions, Kyra currently works on a guide to our Kabbalah collection for visitors.

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In addition to our regular research on hermetic streams of thought, the Ritman Research Institute is currently expanding our programs to include more conferences and publications, including a new series of introductory texts under our in-house imprint de Pelikaan. We also have an academy in which we offer educational programs such as lectures, seminars and reading groups for the public. For all of these things, we need the support and advice of recognised scholars.

Our Academic Advisory Board consists of the best international scholars in the fields covered by our library, including Hermetica, mysticism, alchemy, astrology, magic, fraternal organizations and Kabbala.


Mike Driedger (Brock University, Canada)

Yuval Harari (Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel)

Georgiana Hedesan (Oxford University)

Didier Kahn (CNRS, France)

Matthew Melvin-Koushki (University of South Carolina)

Lawrence Principe (Johns Hopkins University)

Vladimir Urbanek (Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic)

Andrew Weeks (University of Illinois, emer.)

Bernard McGinn (University of Chicago, emer.)

Wouter Hanegraaff (University of Amsterdam)