About me


Professor of Religious Studies at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Canada. I teach a variety of courses and research Christianity in Latin America, especially Catholicism and related religions in Brazil, as well as theories and methodology in the study of religion\s. From 2005-2007 I was a Visiting Research Professor in the Programa de Estudos Pós-Graduados em Ciências da Religião at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP), where I am currently Professor Colaborador. Since 2008, I have been Affiliate Professor with the Department of Religion, Concordia University, Montréal.

I was born and raised in the interior of British Columbia and spent a year in the small city of São João da Boa Vista, Brazil, as a Rotary exchange student during high school. There I learned Portuguese and first met Heloisa Murr Sabino, who became my partner in 2004. During my undergraduate degree, I took two years off to work and travel. (High points: São João again; Canoa Quebrada, Ceará; Moorea, French Polynesia; Broome, Albany & Eucla, Western Australia; Carcassonne, France; Narvik, Norway; and Valkeakoski & Turku, Finland.)

After two years as a physics major, I completed a B.A. and an M.A. in philosophy (UBC, 1986; UofT, 1989) and then taught philosophy for four years at Capilano College in North Vancouver. I earned a Ph.D. in Religion at Concordia University in Montréal in 1999, supervised by Michel Despland. Before being hired at MRU in 1999 (tenured 2002; Full Professor 2012), I also taught at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver), Concordia University (Montréal), Augustana University College (Camrose), the University of Alberta (Edmonton), and St. Mary’s College (Calgary).

For relaxation, I read SF (hats off for the late, great Iain M. Banks), play jazz piano and hang out with Heloisa and our three children, Rachel, Joseph and Anna Maria.

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