School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development

Tom Pynn

Coordinator, Religious Studies
Coordinator, Peace Corps Preparation Program
Senior Lecturer of Interdisciplinary Studies

Contact Information

Office: Kennesaw Campus
Social Sciences Building (SO 402), Room 2008
Phone: 470-578-2049


Tom is Senior Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Studies at KSU. He holds an M.A. in Literature and an M.A. in Philosophy both granted by the University of Mississippi in 1992. He is coordinator of the Religious Studies Program and Peace Corps Prep program. His scholarly interests in Peace Studies are Asian conceptions and practices of Peace, peace in the world’s religions, making peace with the earth, peace and dialogue, nonviolence in theory and practice, and peace education. His article “The Dao De Jing on Cultivating Peace” appeared in a recent issue of Peace Review. He recently gave a presentation entitled “Ahimsa: How the Jain Tradition of Nonviolence can help us to (re)think our conceptions and practices of peace and conflict” at the Peace History Society’s 2015 annual conference: “Historical Perspectives on War, Peace, and Religion.” Tom has been active in various forms of peace work for more than twenty years. Some of his activities include, founder of the Athens, Ga. chapter of Pax Christi, activist for Greenpeace, U.S.A., activist on the Nuclear-Free Athens Campaign, Board Member of Alternative in Action!, and Green Party organizer and activist. He is currently faculty co-advisor to Asian Studies Student Organization. He has been faculty advisor to KSU Campus Greens, KSU Peace and Justice Coalition, and the KSU Student Union for Peace and Human Rights. Tom’s creative interests include composing poetry, playing music, hiking, and gardening.


M.A., University of Mississippi