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 Religious Studies include religion in the Beat Generation, the religious dimensions of gardens and mountains, sacred space, sacred art, and poetry of religious experience. In Peace Studies, some of his interests include 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 has given presentations on Jain conceptions and practices of ahimsa, and the religious dimensions of Beat literature. 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 Alternatives in Action!, and Green Party organizer and activist. He is currently faculty co-advisor to the Asian Studies Student Organization and the KSU Student Union for Peace and Universal Human Rights. He is advisor to the KSU Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics. Tom’s creative interests include composing poetry, playing music, hiking, and gardening. In his spare time, he collapses.


M.A., University of Mississippi