I am originally from Tucson, AZ. After attending the University of Puget Sound, a small liberal arts college in the Pacific Northwest, I went to graduate school in philosophy at the University of Connecticut. I wrote my doctoral dissertation on religion, democracy, and the law under the direction of Diana T. Meyers. I joined the Furman faculty in 2001. In 2007 I received tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor.
I am married to Lisa Colby, who works as the Director of Operations and Initiatives at the United Way of Greenville. We have two sons, Owen (b. 2001) and Luke (b. 2004), and a plucky Cairn Terrier named Ringo (b. 2010).