My passion for a broad and liberal education began at Brock University in Canada, where I completed a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in German and Philosophy. My undergraduate years included four memorable semesters at the University of Freiburg in Germany. I later earned a M.A. and a Ph.D. in the department of Religious Studies at McMaster University. My teaching and research interests have spanned a range of topics in nineteenth- and twentieth-century philosophy and theology, but my work has especially focused on social ethics and the political manifestations of religious belief. My doctoral dissertation was an exegesis of the Sermon on the Mount in conversation with the theologies of John Howard Yoder and Gustavo Gutierrez.
From 2007-13 I taught systematic theology at the University of Divinity and the United Faculty of Theology, both in Melbourne, Australia. It was during this time that I also began my career as a residential college administrator, first at Queen’s College and St Mary’s College at the University of Melbourne, and later at St John’s College at the University of Sydney. In residential life I have been able to assist and educate students in matters that are often more important (and even more fun!) than I am able to do as a lecturer. In my previous appointments I had given particular attention to developing peer support and proactive mental fitness programs for students. My wife, Dr. Chui Eng (Annie) Wong, is a plant molecular biologist who also loves collegiate life; Annie has saved more than a few students with emergency biology tutoring on the eve of exams.
My academic interests over the last couple of years have included Chinese philosophy; in particular, contemporary debates within Confucianism. Yale-NUS in Singapore provides me with both the intellectual and the cultural setting in which to pursue this new interest.Fun Fact
My radio play-by-play commentary for the Melbourne Ice of the Australian Ice Hockey League in 2007-08 were the first broadcasts of ice hockey in Australia.