Michael P. Oman-Reagan holds B.A. degrees in four-field anthropology, interdisciplinary studies, and religion as well as an M.A. degree and Ph.D. candidacy in cultural anthropology. His PhD research as a Vanier Scholar is a study of the search for life and contact in astrobiology and SETI.
He is a member of the IAA‘s SETI Permanent Committee, the SETI Post-Detection Hub, and serves on the advisory boards for METI International and the Astrosociology Research Institute. Oman-Reagan was also a founding board member of the JustSpace Alliance (2018-20) and a co-founder of The People’s Library, the library of the Occupy Wall Street social movement in New York City. Library Journal named him a Mover and Shaker in 2012.
He is an alumnus of AFS Intercultural Programs (Nykøbing F., 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: Space, Futures, the Interstellar, Astrobiology, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), Speculative Fiction, Social Movements, Activism, Social Media, New Religions.