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Naomi Pearson is a recent graduate of the Religion and Culture MA at Wilfrid Laurier University where she completed a major research paper examining preliminary and tentative patterns of behavior in violent, far-right extremist organizations. Naomi completed her recent Masters in June of 2018 and will attend her graduation ceremony in the fall. Naomi’s undergraduate degree was an Honours Bachelors of Arts in Global Studies with Specializations in Research and Muslim Studies. During her undergraduate studies Naomi conducted migration research for Mitacs Globalink in Turkey for three months during 2015, and visited Turkey three times throughout her studies in 2014-2015. During this time Naomi was able to personally observe key issues relating to the Syrian refugee crisis, the spread of ISIS, and the collapse of the Kurdish PKK/Turkish ceasefire. During her studies at BSIA, Naomi hopes to continue her research into issues of extremism and societal polarization.

Academic / Professional Awards

  • Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Scholarship, 2017
  • Wilfrid Laurier University Dean’s Honour Roll, 2015
  • Mitacs Globalink Award, 2015


  • Pearson, N. E. 2019. “Fringe Religion & the Far-Right: Dangerous Behavior Patterns Among Christian Millennialists.” Inquiries Journal 11(03).
  • Pearson, Naomi. 2015. “Private Military Contractors, Security Forces, and Mercenaries.” Laurier Undergraduate Journal of the Arts.
  • Master of Religion, Culture and Global Justice, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2018
  • Honours Bachelors of Arts in Global Studies with Specializations in Research and Muslim Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2016

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