What’s your academic background?
I have an undergraduate in environmental engineering sciences from the University of Florida and M.A. and Ph.D. in systematic theology from the Catholic University of America. I’m researching in the fields of theological anthropology and grace, with a focus on the thought of St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas.
Who inspires you?
I have many good friends whose friendship, good judgment, hospitality, and holiness are exemplary and have greatly enriched my life.
What was the best concert you ever attended?
I’ve been attending the New Orleans Jazz Fest since I was in utero, so I have a lot to choose from, but I’m going to say Tom Petty.
Where’s your favorite place in the world?
Big Mike’s BBQ in Houma, Louisiana.
If you could be any animal, which would you be?
If we’re being honest, I’d be a moose. I’m tall and awkward.
What’s the last book you read?
Ball Lightning by Cixin Liu, the author of the Three Body Problem trilogy.
What’s your favorite movie?
I couldn’t come up with a favorite, but anything by Whit Stillman is near the top of my list.
What are you currently watching on Netflix?
My wife and I are working our way through The West Wing, and I’m bouncing between The Last Kingdom and Alone while doing dishes.
Who would you most like to swap places with for a day?
Paul Sellars. He’s a fantastic woodworker.
What’s your secret talent that no one knows about?
I make gumbo in great quantity and quality. I also catch absurdly small fish on the fly.
If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Who is your least favorite superhero?
Superman. He’s too powerful.
If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?
I’d like to finish hiking the Appalachian Trail. I stopped in New York and haven’t seen the northern third. Also on the bucket list: see Rome and the Holy Land and hike the Camino. Mt. Kilimanjaro sounds cool.