About me


Professor of Religious Studies at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Canada. I teach a variety of courses and study primarily spirit-incorporation religions. My specific focus is Umbanda, Kardecist Spiritism, popular Catholicism and related traditions 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) and Professor Colaborador from 2014–2017. 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 São João da Boa Vista, Brazil, during high school, becoming fluent in Portuguese. 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. I started at MRU in 1999 (tenured 2002; Full Professor 2012). I have taught at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver), Concordia University (Montréal), Marianopolis College (Montréal), Augustana University (Camrose), the University of Alberta (Edmonton), the University of Calgary, St. Mary’s University (Calgary), the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, & the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais (Belo Horizonte).

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