Biography: I received my secondary education at Upper Canada College (in Toronto) and my undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto. I then spent two and a half years at McGill University (Montreal, Quebec), where I undertook coursework in Islamic Studies, including classical Arabic and Persian. From McGill I went on to pursue my Ph.D in Religious Studies at Yale University. At Yale I studied the Qurʾān and Qurʾānic commentaries, Islamic philosophy and theology, Aristotle and Neoplatonism, medieval philosophy, classical Arabic poetry, Ancient Greek, Persian (Middle and Modern), and Islamic Mysticism. I joined the Religion Department at Amherst College in 2008.