Michel Jacques Gagné
BiographyI am a bilingual Gen-X French-Canadian who grew up and currently resides in Montreal, Canada. I have also resided in Saskatchewan, Canada, and Kabwe, Zambia. I have travelled throughout North America, the U.K., Europe, and southern Africa. I currently teach at the junior collegiate level (since 2005). I am also the host and creator of the Paranoid Planet Podcast (www.paranoidplanet.ca), a program about conspiracism, paradigm shifts, and critical thinking that features a combination of discussions, essays, short and long-form interviews, and film reviews on subjects related to conspiracism.
M.A., History (Concordia, 2005)
B.Ed. History/French (McGill, 1999)
B.A. History/Political Science, jnt. hon. (McGill, 1995)
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
My academic interests lie in the intersection between personal beliefs and group behaviour, namely the study of religious worldviews, political ideology, utopianism, protest movements, and conspiracy theories. My academic studies focused principally on Canadian and Irish political history, Cold War history and international relations, and French literature and language acquisition. My most frequently taught titles are: Knowledge and Conspiracy Theories, Religion and Knowledge, Roots of Western Worldviews, Utopias and Social Criticism, and Ethics for Social Science students.
Conspiracism, John F. Kennedy, Classical history, History of Christianity, Christian theology, Contemporary Canadian and American politics, 20th Century/Cold War history, Political philosophy, Classical metaphysics, Religious existentialism (Kierkegaard, Dostoyevsky, Girard), Utopian and Dystopian literature (Plato, Thomas More, Jonathan Swift, Philip K. Dick)