M.T.S Duke Divinity School
Ph.D McMaster University
I am an Assistant Professor of Religion and Ecology in the Philosophy and Religion program at University of Alberta, Augustana. My Book The Place of Imagination: Wendell Berry and the Poetics of Community, Affection, and Identity has received academic praise in Reading Religion, ISLE, Anglican Theological Review, Christianity and Literature, Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, and Christian Century. It is a critical reading of Berry's fiction that emphasizes the role of imagination in community and environmental ethics.
Recently, I received an Insight Development Grant from SSHRC to begin research on the next book project, which is on the influcence of settler colonialism on environmental imagination and religious identity. This project is a case study of how one agrarian community perceived Indigenous people during settlement in North America. It tells the story about the role Indigenous people played in the settlement narratives Mennonites constructed as they were adapting their religious identity to the prairie landscape.
As a close friend once said, "I don't have hobbies; I have friends." When I'm not playing Lego or Sequence with my children, I'm having a pint, rolling d20s, breaking down Corsi, or talking about books I haven't read with my kindred spirits.
Introduction to Religion
Religion and Ecology
Christianity and Climate Change
Bioethics, Suffering, and the Soul
Selected topics that highlight the interdisciplinary nature of the Liberal Arts and Sciences. This seminar-style class is a key aspect of the Augustana First Year Experience. The focus and content of each course are determined by faculty interests, and vary from year to year.Fall Term 2020
Introduction to the main problems and theories that have dominated philosophical thought, through study and critical discussion of selected classics of ancient and medieval philosophy.Winter Term 2021
Examination of questions of right and wrong, good and evil, and reasons for action, through study of ethical theories of philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Kant, and Mill.Winter Term 2021
An introduction to the study of religion, focusing on major religions of the world. The course briefly examines the histories of these religions and various social and cultural phenomena associated with them, and also introduces students to the contemporary discipline of religious studies and the theories and methods associated with it.Fall Term 2020
Contemporary problems in religious ethics and their impact on individual and collective decision-making in the areas of personal and social issues.Winter Term 2021
This course covers selected topics in Religion. Topics may vary from year to year depending on the instructor and student interest.Fall Term 2020