I received my PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Toronto in 1987, my MA in Religious Studies from the University of British Columbia in 1976, and my BA in French Literature and Philosophy from the University of Alberta/Collège Universitaire St. Jean in 1972.
Prior to joining Laurier, I was a lecturer (1984-87) and an assistant professor (1987-92) in the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto.
The main focus of my research is the role that food plays in people’s spiritual lives. I have conducted much of that research with my wife, Ellen Desjardins (a nutritionist and geographer). During the past 7 years our fieldwork has taken us across Canada and to countries and communities around the world.
I also conduct research on university programs that foster engaged learning. I have worked closely with Joanne Benham Rennick on the values embedded in academic programs that encourage learning outside Canada, and engaged learning locally.
I supervise MA and PhD students in my research areas.
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