Susan J. Palmer is a researcher, sociologist and writer in the area of new religious movements (popularly known as "cults"). She received her Ph.D. from Concordia University where she is an Affiliate Professor and Part-time Instructor and teaches courses, including "Cults and Religious Controversy." She is also a Member of the Religious Studies Faculty at McGill University. Her research area has always been in the field of New Religious Movements.
Since 2000 she is a researcher of ecclesiastical law and canon law at the University of Naples Federico II, confirmed on 2 November 2003.
She is an Attorney and member of the Paris Bar in France. She has a degree in public law from La Sorbonne University and specializes in international human rights law. She has defended the rights of minorities of religion or belief in domestic and international fora and before international institutions such as the European Court of Human Rights, the Council of Europe, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the European Union and the United Nations.
Teacher of History of Religions and Cultural Anthropology at Urbino University, and teacher of Science of Religions at the Pastoral Liturgy Institute of S. Giustina, Padova. He taught also at the Catholic University of Milano. He is a Catholic priest and is considered as one of the top experts on new religions in Europe. He wrote lot of essays and books on the subject of religion, and articles about the ongoing process of “secularization” in Europe.