I was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico on New Year's Day in 1979. I had a lovely childhood spent hiking, playing with friends, playing sports, and spending time with my family.
I graduated from Sandia High School in 1997 and went to Colorado College, where I received a BA in biology and a minor in philosophy. I also expanded my hiking repertoire and a made a number of great friends.
After graduating college, I knew full well that I did not want to be a full-time biologist. So, along with my former roommate (and future best-man), Ben O'Donnell, I went to Europe and lived in Galway Ireland for a season, working at a supermarket and traveling the country. Upon returning, I worked as an eighth-grade schoolteacher for a semester and then began work (again) for the US Fish and Wildlife service saving endangered silvery minnows, a job I had for the next three summers.
In the fall of 2002, and probably a bit naively, I began graduate school in philosophy of religion and theology at Claremont Graduate University. With the exception of a semester of study at the University of Victoria, I spent the next six years at Claremont, earning my PhD in philosophy of religion and theology. My dissertation centered on the idea of "Life as Art," and can be found here.
In the penultimate year of graduate school I had the wonderful opportunity to become a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University in the Evolution and Theology of Cooperation Project. I worked there for two years, enjoying life in Boston and the opportunity to be around people much smarter than myself.
Most importantly, during my graduate studies I met my wife, Kenzie Grubitz. We were married in May of 2009, and now live in Norman, Oklahoma, where I am an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, and she is a freelance editor.