Michael Jerryson looks at the intersections between identity and violence and the ways in which we associate religious identities with peace and violence.
He earned his B.A in Western Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After volunteering for the Peace Corps in Mongolia, Jerryson returned to the University of Wisconsin, Madison and acquired his M.A in Languages and Cultures of Asia with a focus on the socio-political history of Mongolian Buddhism.
He furthered his interest in religion at the University of California, Santa Barbara, earning a Ph.D. in Religious Studies with a Global Studies emphasis.
He is Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Youngstown State University.