BiographyJames (Jim) Cresswell’s research interests draw on many sources ranging from cultural psychology to cognitive science and literary theory. A large proportion of his work involves community-based work aimed at using his research expertise and experience to support community organizations. He prefers to start with community needs and desired outcomes in order use research as a means to empower community organizations. For example, in the fall of 2017, his book on the challenge of studying religion in a way that is meaningful to scientists and believers came out under the title ‘Culture and the Cognitive Science of Religion’. Another example is his involvement in a large grant provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada: a multiparty effort at describing the role faith-based organizations play in the resettlement of newcomers to Canada (http://www.communitybasedresearch.ca/Page/View/Faith_&_Settlement_Partnerships ).
Jim serves at Ambrose University with a deep commitment to education and enhancing the student experience through building community-university partnerships. The kinds of courses he often teaches include ones about culture, immigration, and identities in an increasingly globalizing world. Courses such as social psychology and interpersonal communication also fit within his repertoire. Other teaching areas include child psychology and human development. He loves to have students involved in the research and finding ways to support community organizations.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Resettlement & Transmigration
Psychology of Religion
Cognitive Science of Religion