I grew up in a machine shop in Southern California, and spider monkeys pulled out my hair as a small child. (My grandfather kept them in the shop and went on to have an ostrich and emu farm.) I
devoured books, though, and thus went on to become a National Geographic Geography and National History Day state finalist. (I also made the county science fair in emulation of Ms. Kang, a
science and history co-competitor.) I then majored in Literatures of the World and Religion with High Honors at UC-San Diego (First/Revelle College). I earned my AM at the University of Chicago and
my PhD at Emory University. I also earned a California teaching credential with English and Social Science authorizations through the University of California.
With Floresta, I traveled on an environmental mission trip to the Oaxacan foothills. A stint with AmeriCorps took me to Chicago for two years. While in graduate school, I volunteered as an ESL
and citizenship instructor at Boat People, SOS, assisting with grant writing and health fairs. I've taught at private and public schools in English, Social Science, and Theology departments.
Among the schools at which I have taught are Loyola Marymount University, Emory University, Dominican University, Lake Superior State University, and the University of St. Francis. Institutions
at which I've held trainings include Cal State Los Angeles, Loyola University of Chicago, and Illinois Institute of Technology. I have presented work at conferences at Princeton, Yale, Tufts,
Augustana, and Emory. Other conferences include the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Biblical Literature, the North American Patristics Society, Oxford Patristics, the International
Conference on the Ancient Novel, the Center for Sociocultural Sport and Olympic Research, and the St. Serge Semaine Liturgique.