Why I teach:
Religious Studies can be fascinating. Religion, in its many forms and under its many definitions, shapes almost every aspect of human culture and human life, from the most abstract metaphysics, epistemology, and theodicy all the way to the most practical and daily of activities, including and especially those that are products of human embodied life--eating, sex and love, and dying and death. I see Religious Studies as a means whereby we can approach the full range of human thought and cultural practices, both historical and contemporary, through the lens of religious practice and identity. It is a rich field, and one that is compelling for me to study and to teach---to share insights I might have with interested students, and in turn, to learn from them and see insights they may have. Let's explore all of this together.
2008 PhD Religious Studies, The University of Iowa.
1994 MA Religious Studies, The University of South Carolina
1992 BA Philosophy, The University of South Carolina