Professor of Religious Studies at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Canada, teaching various 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.) 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: University of British Columbia (Vancouver), Concordia University (Montréal), Marianopolis College (Montréal), Augustana University (Camrose), the University of Alberta (Edmonton), St. Mary’s University (Calgary) and University of Calgary. Hired full-time at MRU (1999; tenured 2002; Full Professor 2012). I’ve taught as a visiting professor at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo and the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais (Belo Horizonte).
The header photo was taken in 2017 in the Capela das Velas (chapel of candles) at Brazil’s Santuário Nacional in Aparecida, on the highway 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, and 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 far-from-professional jazz piano and hanging out with Heloisa and our three children. Here’s a vanity page listing some favourite books and musicians.