Thomas M. Wilson will be a Fulbright Research Professor in MUSSI in the Spring of 2022 while conducting ethnographic research on transformations in political culture in the Midlands. His mentor for the duration of his stay will be Professor Mary P. Corcoran of the Sociology Department.
Tom is Professor of Anthropology at Binghamton University, State University of New York, and has a continuing appointment as Visiting Professor in the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics in Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he was a co-founder of the Centre for International Borders Research. In 2018-2019 he was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Social Sciences of the University of Eastern Finland in Joensuu, Finland, and in the Division of European Ethnology of the University of Lund in Lund, Sweden.
His research interests include national identity and nationalism, international borders and frontiers, the anthropology of Europeanization and European integration, and drinking cultures and identities, A former President of the Society for the Anthropology of Europe, he has conducted ethnographic field research in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Hungary and Canada, and is the author and editor of twenty scholarly books and monographs, including Borders: Frontiers of Identity, Nation and State (co-author, 1999); Drinking Cultures: Alcohol and Identity (editor, 2005), The Anthropology of Ireland (co-author, 2006); and A Companion to Border Studies (co-editor, 2012).