“Backstory” is a series that asks the REL Faculty to tell us a little bit about themselves, to explore how they became interested in the academic study of religion and their own specialty, elaborating on their current work both within and outside the University.
Where are you from?
I grew up in Williamsburg, Kentucky, a small town in the Appalachian Mountains with less than 5000 people. The town has a small private college where my father taught, so I grew up around a college setting. Williamsburg has its own school system. The small size of the school, with K-12 all in the same building, created some different dynamics, like having football players in the marching band (along with middle school students). My graduating class had a total of 55 students, including 5 international students who were there for only one year. Continue reading