Thomas “Tom” Flores, Ph.D.

Founding Fellow

Thomas “Tom” Flores, Ph.D. holds a PhD from Emory University in Religious Studies, with a concentration in Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding. He was heavily involved with Emory’s Initiative in Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding as its first Post-doctoral Fellow, then Visiting Professor of Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation Practices, and later its Director of External Relations and Program Coordinator.

His research interests integrate religion, peace studies and conflict transformation, expressive arts, psychologies of violence, altruism and enemy construction, inter-religious dialogue, international Museums for Peace, and peace building contemplative practices.

His writing is highly interdisciplinary including articles and chapters in such forums as the Journal of Practical Theology, or books such as, Peace Museums: Past, Present, and Future, published through the Kyoto Museum for World Peace, at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan. His most recent article, “Peace Studies and Secular Ethics: Towards a Positive, Multidimensional Model of Health and Flourishing,” written with fellow Life University colleague and Associate Professor of Psychology, Dr. Brendan Ozawa de Silva, appeared in the Journal of Healthcare, Science and the Humanities.

Dr. Flores has extensive teaching experience and has in the past had former President Jimmy Carter, and the Traditional Queen of Liberia speak in his classes.

While at Emory University, he also conceived, coordinated, or co-coordinated a number of lecture series, symposia, or conferences, which included such figures as the Dalai Lama, or Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Ambassador to the United States. He was also heavily involved in Emory’s collaborative efforts with Carter Center, Georgia Tech, Morehouse College, and the King Center regarding Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission Statement Taking process.

Most recently, he co-authored (along with Dr. Brendan Ozawa-de Silva) an innovative Associate of Arts, and Bachelor of Arts degree in Positive Human Development and Social Change (PHDSC) at Life University. He is currently serving as Assistant Professor of Positive Human Development and Social Change and directing the Concentration in “Peace Studies and Sustainable Human Flourishing” within the Bachelor’s degree. The Associate’s degree in PHDSC will be offered at the Lee Arrendale State Prison in Georgia (the “Chillon Porject”), where he will teach as well. He is also Adjunct faculty in World Religions at Georgia Gwinnett College (Lawrenceville, Georgia) where he continues to teach.

Tom used to work in the music business and is an accomplished musician who has performed in the United States, Canada, Israel, Jordan, Turkey, the Virgin Islands, and Japan.