Senior Research Associate
Thomas Uthup is Senior Research Associate, Institute of Global Cultural Studies, Binghamton University (SUNY). He is also President, Friends of UN Alliance of Civilizations (Twitter/@friendsunaoc) which promotes good practices in the governance of cultural diversity, intercultural education, interfaith relations, migrant integration, and youth empowerment. He previously served as Research and Education Manager for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations project where he coordinated research networks and education projects, represented the Alliance at appropriate meetings, and provided inputs for senior UN officials on cultural issues.
Dr. Uthup's academic focus has been on the complex relationships between culture and society, with special attention to religious factors -- especially Islam -- affecting political behavior. Dr. Uthup has published well over 90 newspaper, journal and reference articles. He has made several presentations at local, regional, national, and international meetings.
Dr. Uthup has taught at Binghamton University-New York, and the College of Wooster-Ohio, and been a guest lecturer in classes at Oberlin College-Ohio, and Cornell University-New York. His media experience also includes serving as a panelist on National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation and several television interviews. Current research interests for Dr. Uthup include South Asian and Middle Eastern politics; culture, religion, and politics; and global mobility in the education arena. He has also worked as a fundraiser and administrator at Syracuse University, New York, and Oberlin College, Ohio and has been a grant evaluator for the Federal Corporation for National and Community Service.
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