Religions and the Human Spirit

Star of David, Congregation Shearith Israel, Atlanta

Coptic Cross, Cairo Mosque, Cairo Buddha, Carlos Museum, Atlanta Durga, Carlos Museum, Atlanta


Contemplative Studies

Religion, Society
& the Arts


Tom Flores
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Director of External Relations
for the Initiative in Religion, Conflict & Peacebuilding


Tom is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding (RCP), as well as Director of External Relations for the RCP. He has previously served as a Post-doctoral Fellow in the RCP, as well as Visiting Assistant Professor of Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation Practices at the Candler School of Theology at Emory.

Tom's research interests lay within the intersection of Religion and Conflict, Inter-religious Dialogue, Restorative Justice and Peacebuilding. Tom's further research and practice include Male Violence Studies, as well as Strategic Arts-based Peacebuilding, Peace Museums and Peace Education.

Tom has taught or co-taught in the areas of Religion, Conflict and Inter-religious Peacebuilding; Mediation and Conflict Transformation; Theology and Ethics of Reconciliation; and Religious Practices of Peace and Violence, at the undergraduate, seminary, continuing education and doctoral level. His research focus centers around applicable scholarship and on the ground experience.

Tom was heavily involved in the now functioning doctoral concentration in Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding at Emory, as well as the principle organizer of the lecture series Humanity at the Crossroads (06/07) and Reconstructing Self and Community: Arts, Religion and Reconciliation in Post-conflict Societies (07/08) presented at Emory University.

In addition to presenting workshops on Conflict Transformation, Tom has been a community-based mediator in Berkeley, California and a Program Director for the Family Creative Response to Conflict nonprofit organization in San Antonio, Texas. Tom has been a professional musican and frequently integrates performance into his public scholarship. Tom is also founder and president of Integrative Peace Approaches, a training and consulting company in experiential peace education. He continues to be heavily involved with Atlanta's interfaith communities in promoting peacebuilding.

Tom Flores


PhD, Religion, Emory University
MA, Theology, Graduate Theological Union
BA, Political Science, Loyola Marymount University
AA, Music (Theory & Composition), Los Angeles City College



Tom Flores,

Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia 30322