As an undergraduate I read Modern and Medieval Languages (French and German) at Jesus College, Cambridge from 1998-2002, with a wonderful year in Paris as part of my study. In 2002-03 I completed an MPhil in European Literature and Culture, with essays on Derrida and Calvin (a fascinating pair of thinkers to look at together), and a dissertation on Paul Ricœur’s writing on justice. I then received AHRC funding to complete a PhD from 2003-2006, which became the book Phenomenology or Deconstruction?
After that I spent a year without a regular job, supervising and teaching at various colleges in Cambridge and applying for Junior Research Fellowships. I am very grateful to Magdalene College for the opportunity to work as the Lumley Junior Research Fellow from 2007-09, giving me the chance to get underway with the project that became Difficult Atheism. Gradually working my way further up Castle Hill, I then took up a temporary university lectureship in French and fellowship at Murray Edwards College (formerly New Hall) in Cambridge from 2009-11, before moving with my wife Alison to Melbourne in 2011 to take up a senior lectureship in French Studies at Monash University. In addition to teaching and research duties I currently serve as Honours coordinator for the school of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash.
If you want, you can visit my institutional webpage on the Monash site, but there’s more information right here where you are.
Faith and Work
I became a Christian when I was 15 years old and since then I have maintained an interest in the mutual influences between Christianity, philosophy and contemporary culture, as well as their mutual misunderstandings.
I have given talks to Christian audiences on issues including faith and art, Christianity and scholarship, and ‘postmodernism’. In 2011 I gave a series of eight lectures at the European Leadership Forum in Eger, Hungary, about how to understand the relation between Christianity and the history of Western culture.