Jason McLeod Monson
Teacher in Honolulu, Hawaii
Jason McLeod Monson (PhD University of Glasgow, MPA Romney Institute for Public Management, and BA Brigham Young University) is most interested in topics where ethics and religion meet, particularly issues of social and economic justice and inter-religious (and non-religious) dialogue, and the convergence of academic and practiced approaches to these issues. His PhD dissertation ʻHunger is the Worst Disease: Conceptions of Poverty and Poverty Relief in Buddhist Social and Economic Ethicsʻ deals with the conceptions of poverty found in the traditional Pāli Canon and popular Mahāyāna Sūtras. It outlines the moral injunctions in these passages to alleviate poverty, and also compares these notions of poverty and poverty relief to contemporary approaches, such as the Capabilities Approach advanced by Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum. He has also conducted research on microcredit and literacy approaches to poverty relief, interning with the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh and Katalysis Partnership, a network of microcredit organizations throughout Central America.
Jason currently works as Operations Manager at Kamehameha Schools in the Kealakūlia division, supporting Hawaiian culture-based education programs in the community.