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Tom Hale


PhD Intercultural Studies, School of Mission and Theology

About Thomas

I am a PhD Candidate in Intercultural Studies at Fuller (since 2018), and my wife and I (with our two sons) worked in international development in the former USSR for 16 years. Born in Albany, New York, I grew up in the Himalayas, where my parents were doctors at a rural mission hospital.

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MA in Intercultural Studies



Cornell University


BA in Chemistry

Research Interests

Linguistic Anthropology (Ethnographically Grounded Discourse Analysis), Digital Ethnography ("Netnography") of Social Media Interaction, Public Theology, Christian-Muslim Relations in North America


"Narrow Conceptions of the Common Good: An Ethnographically Grounded Discourse Analysis of a Facebook Discussion on Muslim Immigration to the US."


Authentic Lives: Overcoming the Problem of Hidden Identity in Outreach to Restrictive Nations. Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library


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