Thomas Pearson

Education:
PhD – Religious Studies – Religion and Culture, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
MA – Religion and Society, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California
BA – Religion, Hamilton College

Employment:
Associate Director, Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, 2002-
Assistant Professor, Muhlenberg College, 2000-2002
Teaching Fellow, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1998-2000
Teaching Assistant, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1993-1996
Peace Corps Volunteer, Ecuador, 1982-1984

Presentations/Publications:
“To Win Their Hearts and Minds: Evangelical, Humanitarian, and Military Missions during the Vietnam War,” American Academy of Religion, National Conference, Denver Colorado, November 2001
“Christian Identity, Refugee Status, and Political Resistance in the transnational Legal and Political Arena: A Case Study of the Montagnards,” American Academy of Religion, National Conference, November 1999
“Sickness, Sin, and Animal Sacrifice: Representations of Healing in Cross-Cultural Conversion,” American Academy of Religion, National Conference, Boston, November 1999
“Representing Animism: Converts’ Appropriation of Missionary and Anthropological Constructions of Religion and Culture,” American Academy of Religion, National Conference, Orlando, November 1998
“Christian Identity in the Montagnard Refugee Community,” American Academy of Religion, National Conference, Orlando, November 1998
“Santeria Before the Law,” The American Society of Church History, National Conference, Miami, April, 1995 “On Ethnography,” Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion, Regional Conference of the American Academy of Religion, Gainesville, Florida, March, 1995 “Santeria in the Contact Zone,” Excursus Volume 7 (Fall 1994): 5-14

Dissertation:
“Missions and Conversions: Creating the Montagnard-Dega Refugee Community”

Interests:
Web Site development
Western intellectual tradition
Anthropology and religion
Religion and Immigration
Refugee resettlement projects

Awards and Fellowships:
1999 Paul Hardin Dissertation Fellowship, Royster Society of Fellows (UNC Chapel Hill, Graduate School) 1999 Finalist, Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation)
1998 Oral History Research Stipend (UNC-Chapel Hill, Southern Oral History Program)
1997 Perry Research Fellowship (UNC-Chapel Hill, Department of Religious Studies)
1997 Teaching Assistant Technology Supplement Award