I was born into a global refugee family: my parents were born in Ukraine/USSR, I was born in Paraguay, and my 6 siblings were born in Winnipeg, Man., where I grew up. This taught me that education is among the most transportable “assets” available.
My studies include a BTh (Theology, CMBC 1979); BA (History, Winnipeg 1980); MDiv (AMBS 1984); MA (History, Waterloo 1988); and PhD (History, Waterloo 1995).
Education is also transferrable: I have worked in various jobs and careers throughout my life – including as a minister, a business entrepreneur and a university professor. I have also served as chair of a university college board and as development consultant for a new university in Brantford (the future Laurier Brantford).
My current research is focused on religion and peace/conflict and on the historical practice of, and social contracts derived from, citizenship oaths and military loyalty oaths. I also write on pedagogy — especially peace pedagogy.
I am willing to supervise graduate students in the areas of peace and conflict studies, religion and social responsibility, church history and political theology.
Office Location: DAWB 5-132
Fall 2016: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and by appointment.
Winter 2017: Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and by appointment.
Note: Students are always welcome when I am in my office.
Languages spoken: English, German, Low German
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