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Academia.edu profile (PDFs of publications).

I am a doctoral student in the department of Religious Studies at McMaster University, and my research is in the Philosophy of Religion, Political Theology and Philosophical Theology, particularly in conversation with Anabaptist Mennonite studies and Continental Philosophy.

I completed my undergraduate degree in Philosophy and English, Rhetoric & Professional Writing at the University of Waterloo, with a thesis on the Frankfurt School and Critical Theory. My advisor was Winfried Siemerling who teaches in the English department at the University of Waterloo, and the thesis is available as a small booklet called Dialectics Unbound (Punctum Books, 2013).

In August of 2015 I completed my studies in the Masters of Theological Studies program at Conrad Grebel University College (jointly granted with the University of Waterloo). My thesis was on contemporary postsecular thought and the seventeenth century Dutch Enlightenment, focusing on the Collegiant and Mennonite groups. My supervisor was social historian Troy Osborne, and a revised extract of the thesis will be published in Studies in Religion / Sciences Religieuses in 2017.

Throughout my undergraduate and masters degrees I have also been working independently on a research project on ontology and identity drawing on texts from the tradition of Continental Philosophy. I pursued some of this project through my coursework, but most of it on my own time, most recently culminating in a longer study called Being & Chiasmus, a selection of which has been published as “Identity, Ontology, and the Two” in Identities: Journal for Politics, Gender, and Culture in 2017. A further section called “Being, Dialectics, and Chiasmus” is currently a work in progress.

My current doctoral dissertation idea is on the concept of ontological violence, and engages the works of both Mennonite pacifist theologians and Continental philosophers in an attempt to show how the critique of violence on the epistemological level is a postsecular phenomenon that represents a significant opportunity for both dialogue across the boundary between religious and secular discourses and an opportunity to move beyond that boundary. My work on the connection between Mennonite theology and philosophy will be published in an upcoming issue of the Mennonite Quarterly Review, and a further extension of this work in which I engage with the relationship between ontology and violence in detail will be presented at the upcoming Humanitas conference on Anabaptist Theology and Method.

I am also interested in publishing, and I manage the very small Zwickau Press.