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As an academic advising dean for nearly two decades, I seek to help students take advantage of the breadth of a liberal arts and sciences education, as it best affords them the means for flourishing in an increasingly complex and diverse world.  It develops them as global citizens, helps them articulate their sense of vocation, and aids them in leading meaningful and productive lives.  Key to a liberal education is intellectual and moral agency, so my advising is geared toward building a relationship with students that supports the development of this agency. UVA students come from a wonderfully diverse set of backgrounds, but all are bright, inquisitive, and responsible, so it has been a pleasure to work with them and support them on their academic journey here. 

I have been a professor of religious studies for nearly three decades and have taught a variety of courses in social ethics and religious thought. My more recent teaching has focused upon American religious thought and culture and has included an examination of diverse figures such as David Walker, Ralph Waldo Emerson, William James, Jane Addams, and Martin Luther King, Jr.


  • B.A., Reed College
  • M.A., University of Chicago
  • Ph.D., Brown University