I gained my PhD from the Divinity Faculty of Cambridge University in 2015, and taught for two years at Barrett Honours College (Arizona State), before moving to the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto in 2017. I hold an MPhil from Oxford in Philosophical Theology, an MA in Religious Studies from Stanford, and a BA in Literary Studies and Philosophy from the University of Toronto. My research and teaching fall under three interrelated areas:
Philosophy of religion
In this area I focus upon on the complex and creative relationship between Christianity and Platonism. This is the subject of Christian Platonism: A History (Cambridge University Press, 2020). My work has also examined the Sattelzeit, the tempestuous and fecund period of transition from the early modern to the modern period in numerous articles and a forthcoming book Jacobi: Philosophy and Religion at the Crux of Modernity.
Religion and Aesthetics
In this area I concentrate upon the interactions between poetics, metaphysics and spirituality. This is the subject of my work on the New Nature Writing movement, mystical poetics and Romanticism, including Romanticism and the Re-Invention of Modern Religion (Cambridge University Press, 2019).
Religion and Ecology
Encompassing both philosophy and aesthetics, my current work examines the entanglements between religion, nature and culture, as explored in Pandemic, Ecology and Theology (Routledge, 2020), and the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to Christianity and the Environment (Cambridge University Press). I am currently writing an examination of post-secular nature, and a consideration of metaphysics and nature. These two books form a diptych, with the former examining the challenges of our present-day conceptualisation of nature, and the latter exploring the creative recovery of realist metaphysics to reconceptualise the human-nature relationship.