Professor of Religious Studies at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Canada, teaching thematic and tradition-specific courses and studying spirit-incorporation religions in Brazil and theory/methodology. Settler in Mohkinstis. No preferred pronouns.
Born and raised in the interior of British Columbia. High-school exchange student for a year in São João da Boa Vista, Brazil. (Heloisa, my partner since 2004, is sanjoanense.) Peak travel moments: Penticton, B.C.; Salto das Sete Quedas do Guaíra and João Pessoa, Brazil; Mo’orea, French Polynesia; Greymouth, New Zealand; Albany and Eucla, Australia; Victoriaville, Québec; Llandudno, Wales; Santa Barbara, California; Piran, Slovenia; Bergen, Norway; Erfurt, Germany.
Two years as a physics major. B.A. and M.A. in philosophy (UBC, 1986, Vancouver; UofT, Toronto, 1989). Taught philosophy for four years at Capilano College in North Vancouver. Ph.D. in Religion (Concordia University, Montréal, 1999), supervised by Michel Despland. Part-time teaching at seven schools in three provinces. Hired full-time at MRU in 1999. Visiting Research Professor and Professor Colaborador at Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (2005–07, 2014–17). Affiliate Professor at Concordia University (2008–).
I took the header photo in 2017 in the Capela das Velas (chapel of candles) at Brazil’s Santuário Nacional in Aparecida, between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Here is a 3D view of the chapel. The basilica is dedicated to the country’s patron, Nossa Senhora da Conceição Aparecida. It receives about 12 million visitors per year. In the Americas, this is second only to the Basílica de Santa María de Guadalupe in México.
My pastimes are reading, playing amateur jazz piano and hanging out with Heloisa and our three children. Here’s a vanity page listing some favourite books and musicians.