Work experience

Work experience
Mar 2000 - Present

Freelance Writer


Author or co-author of 25 print nonfiction books on a wide range of topics. Some of my work has been published in translation, as well as in both audio and ebook formats.

Feb 2007 - Present

Freelance Columnist

Jackson Free Press

I contribute columns—mostly book reviews and policy analysis—for the JFP, and received a 2012 AAN AltWeekly Award (second place, political columns, low-circulation) for my work. My interview with author and seminary professor Sandra Richter was featured as the cover story for the November 24th, 2010 edition.


Sep 2002 - Apr 2013


Edith Cowan University

My dissertation deals with the work of Max Kadushin, author of Organic Thinking (1938) and The Rabbinic Mind (1952).

Teaching Experience

In Fall 2011, I taught two noncredit courses as part of Millsaps College's Adult Enrichment Series ("Love and the Vulnerable Individualism" and "Surrealism"). I have also taught miscellaneous community workshops for various nonprofits over the past 16 years. I have never taught a college course for credit.

Books Published

Trade Nonfiction (general)

  • Tom Head.  The Absolute Beginner's Guide to the Bible. Cincinnati: Que/Pearson, 2005.
  • Tom Head (editor).  Conversations with Carl Sagan.  Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2006.
  • Tom Head.  Civil Liberties: A Beginner's Guide. Oxford: Oneworld, 2009.
  • Tom Head. It's Your World, So Change It: Using the Power of the Internet to Create Social Change. Indianapolis: Pearson, 2010.


  • Tom Head(author), Richard Aspel (narrator). Civil Liberties: A Beginner's Guide. Tullamarine: Bolinda Publishing, 2012. [Audiobook adaptation of Civil Liberties: A Beginner's Guide]
  • Tom Head (editor), Rui Lage (translator); preface by Pedro Russo. Conversas com Carl Sagan. Lisbon: Quasi Ediçöes, 2009. [Portuguese translation of Conversations with Carl Sagan]

College Directories/Career Guides

  • Mariah Bear, John Bear, and Tom Head.  Get Your IT Degree and Get Ahead.  Berkeley: Osborne/McGraw-Hill, 2000.
  • John Bear, Mariah Bear, and Larry McQueary; additional writing and research by Tom Head.  Bears' Guide to the Best Computer Degrees by Distance Learning. Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 2001.
  • John Bear and Mariah Bear; additional writing and research by Tom Head.  Bears' Guide to Earning Degrees by Distance Learning, 14th edition.  Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 2001.
  • John Bear, Mariah Bear, Tom Head, and Thomas Nixon.  Bears' Guide to the Best Education Degrees by Distance Learning. Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 2001.
  • John Bear and Mariah Bear.  College Degrees by Mail and Internet, 8th edition.  Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 2001.

Middle School Reference

  • --.  Voices from the Civil War: Confederate Generals.  Farmington Hills: Blackbirch/Gale, 2003.  
  • --.  Voices from the Civil War: Slaves. Farmington Hills: Blackbirch/Gale, 2003. 
  • --.  Voices from the Civil War: Union Generals. Farmington Hills: Blackbirch/Gale, 2003. 
  • --.  Voices from the Civil War: Women and Families.  Farmington Hills: Blackbirch/Gale, 2003. 
  • Tom Head.  Freedom of Religion.  New York: Facts on File, 2005.

High School/General Reference

  • Tom Head (editor).  People Who Made History: Mikhail Gorbachev.  Farmington Hills: Greenhaven/Gale, 2002.
  • --.  Interpreting Primary Documents: The Bill of Rights.  Farmington Hills: Greenhaven/Gale, 2003.
  • --.  Fact or Fiction: Mysterious Places. Farmington Hills: Greenhaven/Gale, 2003. 
  • --.  Fact or Fiction: Possessions and Exorcisms.  Farmington Hills: Greenhaven/Gale, 2003.
  • Carol Carwile Head and Tom Head (editors).  The Turbulent 60s: 1966.  Farmington Hills: Greenhaven/Gale, 2004.
  • Tom Head (editor).  At Issue: The Future of the Internet. Farmington Hills: Greenhaven/Gale, 2005.
  • --.  At Issue: Is Torture Ever Justified? Farmington Hills: Greenhaven/Gale, 2005.
  • --.  At Issue: Religion and Education.  Farmington Hills: Greenhaven/Gale, 2005.
  • --.  At Issue: What is the State of Human Rights? Farmington Hills: Greenhaven/Gale, 2005.
  • David Wolcott and Tom Head.  Crime and Punishment in America. New York: Facts on File, 2008.
  • Tom Head. Historical Dictionary of American Civil Liberties and the ACLU. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.