Trelawney Jean Grenfell-Muir
45 W Plain St Apt 1
Wayland, MA 01778
7/14. Boston University, University Professors Program; Ph.D. in Conflict Studies &
Religion; courses include Islamist Movements and the Middle East, Multiple Modernities
of Religion and International Relations, Islamic Political Movements and U.S. Policy,
Sociology of Religion, Religion and Globalization, Zionism and the State of Israel,
Religion, Ethnicity, and Conflict, and Religion and Conflict Transformation;
Comprehensive Examinations completed in: Religion and International Relations,
Religion and Conflict, Comparative Religion and Theologies of Dialogue, and Islam in
the Middle East and Africa. Dissertation used interviews of clergy in Northern Ireland to
examine methods, limitations, and effectiveness of grassroots peacebuilding in the local
parish setting in conversation with political science and social science theories of multi-
track diplomacy, statebuilding, power, identity, leadership, and intergroup relations.
Additional analysis of interviews with religious leaders/scholars in Lebanon and Syria to
be published separately.
5/04. Boston University School of Theology; M.Div. (summa cum laude)
12/98. Harvard University Extension School Course, The History of Medicine.
6/96. University of Minnesota; B.A., Biology – Preparatory Medicine.
6/93. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Biology.
1/15-Present. Adjunct Professor, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and
Global Governance, University of Massachusetts, Boston. Design and teach graduate
level course on Cross-Cultural Conflict. Course uses theories from the fields of
International Relations, Political Science, Social Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology,
and Ethics to explore the topics of culture and conflict. Specifically, it examines identity,
nationalism, ethnocentrism, intergroup dynamics, collective hate, the role of religion and
gender in conflict and peacebuilding, and how to equip peacebuilders for negotiation,
mediation, dialogue, and diplomacy work in cultural conflicts.
5/07-7/08. Doctoral Research, Religion and Conflict in Northern Ireland and Lebanon.
Research the role of local clergy in ameliorating inter-communal conflict by their
influence on laity via interpreting religious symbols/traditions, attitudes toward identity
formation (constructivist vs. primordialist), and attitudes toward nation-state formation
(state’s ability to represent multiple religious communities equally) and security (state vs.
human). Discusses the roles of theology, personality, and experience in shaping clergy
beliefs and activities among a range of activism levels, constraints on activism, and
develops a typography of activist efforts. Explores questions of efficacy based on theories
of social power, outgroup contact, diplomacy, and governance. Includes interviewing
clergy, surveying laity, attending political conferences and rallies, and meeting with
politicians, educators, activists, and various peace efforts.
1/12-5/13. Lecturer and Teaching Assistant, Boston University School of Theology. With
Rodney Petersen and Raymond Helmick, S.J., designed and co-taught courses on
International Conflict and the Ministry of Reconciliation. Took students to the United
Nations Headquarters to tour the complex, speak with representatives at the Church
Center for the United Nations, and discuss the intersection of religion, conflict/peace, and
global governance. Lectured on Patriarchy, Gender, and the application of gender
analysis to studies the following topics: Global Economics and International Conflict;
The United Nations and Global Governance; The Role of Environmental Ethics in Global
Conflicts; Theories of Church and State in Light of Imperialism, Militarism, Economic
Injustice, and Diversity; Non-Violent forms of Social Power; Secularization, Secularism,
and their Impact on Diplomacy and International Relations; Public Theology; Theologies
of Religions and their Implications for Dialogue and Peacebuilding; Humility as an
Interfaith Virtue and its Sociological/Psychological Role in Peacebuilding; Mission as
Peacebuilding; Racism and the Prison System; Interfaith Dialogue as a Means of Healing
and Empowerment of Religious Communities;
9/03 – 4/08. Young Adult Minister, College Ave United Methodist Church/Tufts
University. Organize programming for young adults age 18-40 including: Facilitate
discussions and weekly small group studies on topics including: inter-group intolerance;
restorative justice; the death penalty; just war theory/pacifism; conflict zones (including
Israel/Palestine, Northern Ireland); Islam and the Middle East; racism, sexism, ageism,
handicappism, heterosexism, classism; environmental ethics; human sexuality; Facilitate
and mediate dialogues using Affirmative Inquiry to address conflicts within the church;
Organize/lead rallies, gatherings, marches, letter writing campaigns, and petitions for
cease-fire and peace in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Darfur, and for promotion of equality
and justice in response to issues of race (Jena), gender (V-day, Take Back the Night), and
marriage equality. As Mentor to the Tufts Protestant Student Fellowship group, I also
facilitated Tufts University discussions including: world religion, inter-ethnic conflict,
environmental ethics, queer theology, and feminist theology.
5/05-6/05. Research course: Religion and Conflict in Lebanon and Syria. Invited
participant. Research conflict and promote reconciliation with a group of seminary
colleagues. Included interviewing patriarchs from major churches in Lebanon and Syria,
leaders of AMAL and Hizballah, visiting Palestinian refugee camp, religious schools,
churches, mosques, monasteries, and communities, and participating in Muslim-Christian
5/03 – 9/03. Intern, Church of Ireland, Newcastle, Northern Ireland. Research conflict
and promote reconciliation. Included networking with local politicians, church leaders,
and community leaders, participating in rallies and peace efforts, designing and
implementing youth curriculum to inform and encourage tolerance, preaching, visitation,
and conflict mediation.
6/02 – 8/02. Chaplain, Camp Aldersgate, Gloucester, RI. Train staff and lead programs,
including exercises on inter-religious and inter-cultural diversity, group cohesion, diverse
forms of spirituality, mediating stress and conflict; promote positive atmosphere among
diverse campers and staff; counsel/mentor staff on personal and spiritual issues.
Deadly Zeal: the striking similarities between Ian Paisley and Osama bin Laden. Gordon
Conwell Theological Seminary, Christ in Cultures Conference, Sept 2006.
Immunohistochemical analysis of A-beta, alpha synuclein, APP, gliosis, tau, and neurofilament
in brain following head trauma. American Alzheimers Association, Regional
Conference, Massachusetts General Hospital, 2000.
Reduced incidence of inflammatory proteins co-occurring with Aß plaques in Alzheimer’s mice
following nasal administration of amyloid peptide. Fidelity Investments: personal
presentation to President Ned Johnson (donor), 2000.
Immunohistochemical analysis of Aß, ßAPP, GFAP, tau, neurofilament and α-synuclein in
human brain following head trauma. Society for Neuroscience, Annual Conference, 1999
Accrual of Aß-associated proteins in plaques in the PD-APP transgenic mouse brain. Society for
Neuroscience, Annual Conference, 1998.
Present Harvard University, Religions and the Practice of Peace colloquium: Regular
Discussant on topics related to religion, conflict, and peacebuilding; Presented
lectures on topics related to the ongoing violence and peace efforts in Northern
Ireland and the role of women’s peacebuilding efforts in the Middle East.
Sep 2013. Crawford Memorial UMC: Theologies of Humility and Inclusiveness as tools for
Sep 2012. Boston University, Anna Howard Shaw Center: Exorcising our Inner Demons:
Theology and Practice of Self-Love in a World that Negates Women.
Oct 2012. Boston University, Religion and Conflict Transformation annual retreat: How to
connect communication strategies to the scientific study of conflict
Feb 2012. Boston University, Religion and Conflict Transformation Program and
ThECOlogy group: The ethics of how women are portrayed in media.
Apr 2012. Boston University, Anna Howard Shaw Center: Ministry of Gender
Empowerment: "Miss Representation," and how churches can offer an alternate
narrative to the violent sexism in our mainstream media culture today.
Nov 2011. Boston University. Panelist, “What’s Faith Got to do with It?”
A Conversation about Race, Gender, Economics, Social Justice, and the Occupy
Wall Street Movement.
May 09. Boston Area Rape Crisis Center: Topics related to Sexual and Domestic Violence
Mar 2007. MIT Multicultural Conference: The Role of Religion in Conflicts.
Winter 2004. Boston College. Conflict in Northern Ireland.
Spring 2004. Boston University. Religion, Ethnicity, and Conflict.
Fall 2003. Boston University Religion and Conflict Transformation Program: The Role of
Religion in the Northern Ireland Conflict.
Mar 2002. Boston University, Bioethics conference, moderator for sessions on Genetic
Engineering and Cloning.
2004-2014. University Professors Program Merit Scholarships
2004-2009. Frank and Bertha Howard Fellowships, B.U. School of Theology
July 2006. Boston University Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs:
Scholarship recipient and invited scholar for course on Religion and
2005 Alan and Elise Williams Fund
2005-2006. H.B. Earhart Fellowship
2001-2004. B.U. School of Theology Merit Scholarships Highest Level Awards
1992-1993. National Merit Scholar
Professional Societies/Student Organizations
2006-present. Boston University Social Science and Religion Network
2008-present. Boston University ThECOlogy Group
2001-present. Boston University Anna Howard Shaw Center
2002-present. American Academy of Religion
2002-2004. Boston University Theological Students Association; President 03-04
1997-1999. Society for Neuroscience