I’m originally from Canada but moved to the U.S. to earn a Ph.D. in Religion at Duke University and to teach Religious Studies at Westmont College for almost two decades. When away from the California campus, I was probably leading travel-study programs across the Middle East. In 2018, we moved to Peru and now live in a village near Cusco, 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) above sea level. I travel a lot, on foot with our two dogs as much as possible, learning constantly about Peru’s remarkable history and diversity, and sharing it with others.
I hope it’s obvious from my blog posts that I love to write! I have authored several books with two more underway. The current focus of my research is on how the Bible is interpreted and, at times, weaponized in modern battles over Israel/Palestine. Alessandra and I spend substantial time there every year, exploring Arab and Jewish cultures, studying the conflict that divides them, and helping groups of curious travelers meet the peoples of the Land, and understand what they are seeing in such a complicated part of the world.