Thomas W. Simpson

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Thomas W. "Tom" Simpson is a scholar, teacher, and writer in the fields of religion, human rights, and social justice. Born in 1975 in Olean, New York, he earned his bachelor's degree in religious studies and classics from the University of Virginia, his Master of Theological Studies degree from Emory University, and his Ph.D. in religious studies (specializing in European and American religious history) from the University of Virginia. He currently teaches seminars on human rights, the Holocaust, Islam, religion and global feminism, existentialist literature and philosophy, religion and popular culture, and U.S. religious history at Phillips Exeter Academy. [1]

Olean, New York City in New York, United States

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Simpson's first book, American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, 1867-1940, won the Mormon History Association's Best Book Award.[ citation needed ] A non-Mormon, Simpson studies religious diversity, conflict, and coexistence in the U.S. and abroad. J. Spencer Fluhman called Simpson's book "an elegant, original contribution and a must-read for anyone interested in American religion and the life of the mind." [2]

Simpson's other published writings focus on the religious, political, and cultural landscapes of postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina. His nonfiction essays All We Have Left (2014) [3] and Recovery's Rhythm and Blues (2016) [4] have appeared in the Canadian literary magazine Numéro Cinq .

Numéro Cinq was an online international journal of arts and letters founded in 2010 by the Governor-General's Award-winning Canadian novelist Douglas Glover. Numéro Cinq published a wide variety of new and established artists and writers with a bent toward the experimental, hybrid works, and work in translation as well as essays on the craft and art of writing. Its last issue appeared in August 2017.

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