Michael P. Oman-Reagan

Vanier Scholar, Department of Anthropology, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Michael P. Oman-Reagan is an anthropologist and Vanier Scholar at Memorial University and an affiliated researcher at the University of Victoria, Canada. His research examines exploration beyond our solar system through SETI, interstellar spacecraft, and astronomy. Working with interdisciplinary research communities, he aims to understand how science helps us imagine and build better futures on Earth, in our solar system, and beyond. His research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Experience

  • 2017–present
    Affiliated Researcher, University of Victoria
  • 2014–present
    Doctoral Candidate, Department of Anthropology, Memorial University
  • 2016–present
    Vanier Scholar, Memorial University

Education

  • 2014 
    Hunter College, City University of New York, M.A. Anthropology
  • 2013 
    Hunter College, City University of New York, B.A. Thomas Hunter Honors Program
  • 2013 
    Hunter College, City University of New York, B.A. Religion
  • 2013 
    Hunter College, City University of New York, B.A. Anthropology

Publications

  • 2018
    “Planetary Perspectives: Space Exploration and a New World View”,  In Cultural Anthropology: A Perspective on the Human Condition, Emily A. Schultz, Robert H. Lavenda, and Roberta Robin Dods. Oxford University Press.
  • 2017
    “Conceptualizing Difference in SETI: New Anthropological Insights on Extraterrestrial Intelligence from Theory, Ontology, and Multispecies Ethnography.”, White Paper, SETI Institute
  • 2017
    “Visions of Human Futures in Space and SETI.” (With Jason T. Wright.), International Journal of Astrobiology
  • 2016
    "The Religion of the Educated Classes Revisited: New Religions, the Nonreligious, and Educational Levels.” (With James R. Lewis and Sean E. Currie.), Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
  • 2015
    “The Social Lives of Plants, in Space.”, Astrosociological Insights
  • 2012
    “Occupying Cyberspace: Indonesian Cyberactivists and Occupy Wall Street.”, Critical Quarterly
  • 2010
    Review: “Theater in a Crowded Fire: Ritual and Spirituality at Burning Man by Lee Gilmore.” , Alternative Spirituality and Religion Review

Grants and Contracts

  • 2016
    SSHRC Vanier CGS
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Research Areas

  • Astrobiology (020101)
  • Astronomical And Space Sciences (0201)
  • Astronomical And Space Sciences Not Elsewhere Classified (020199)
  • Anthropology (1601)
  • Communication Technology And Digital Media Studies (200102)
  • History And Philosophy Of Science (Incl. Non Historical Philosophy Of Science) (220206)
  • History And Philosophy Of The Social Sciences (220208)
  • Social And Cultural Anthropology (160104)

Honours

Vanier Scholar (SSHRC); Critical Language Scholar (U.S. Department of State); Movers & Shakers Advocate Award (Library Journal)