Michael P. Oman-Reagan is an anthropologist, artist, activist, and practitioner in the Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism.
Oman-Reagan is a co-founder of The People’s Library, the library of the Occupy Wall Street social movement in New York City. He is a founding board member of the JustSpace Alliance, serves on the advisory boards for METI International and the Astrosociology Research Institute, and is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics’ SETI Permanent Committee. He founded Wind Island Sangha, in British Columbia, Canada.
After completing B.A. degrees in four-field Anthropology and Religion he earned an M.A. degree and Ph.D. candidacy in Cultural Anthropology. His PhD research examined human relations with outer space through scientific exploration beyond our solar system and the search for life in astrobiology and SETI. Library Journal named him a Mover and Shaker in 2012.
He is an alumnus of AFS Intercultural Programs (Nykøbing Falster, Denmark), Reed College (biology and philosophy), Pacific Northwest College of Art (contemporary theory and printmaking), the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship at Universitas Negeri Malang (East Java, Indonesia), Hunter College of the City University of New York (Department of Anthropology B.A./M.A., Program in Religion B.A., and Thomas Hunter Honors Program B.A.), and Memorial University (P.h.D. candidacy, anthropology).
Research Areas: Anthropology of Outer Space; Futures; the Interstellar; Astrobiology; the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI); Astronomy; Artificial Intelligence; Science and Technology Studies; Science Fiction; Social Movements; Social, Environmental, and Economic Justice; Social Media; Speculative Fiction; Emergent and New Religions.