Jason Brown

Jason M. Brown, PhD studied anthropology as an undergraduate at Brigham Young University. He went on to earn joint Master's degrees from Yale University in forestry and theology. After teaching ethics and religious studies for two years in Salt Lake City, he went on to complete his PhD from the University of British Columbia is in Resources, Environment and Sustainability. His dissertation focused on the spirituality and sense of place of Catholic monks in the American West. He is a Sessional Instructor for the Faculty of Environment and the Department of Humanities. He is also a Joint Research Associate for the The Faculty of Forestry and W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics at the University of British Columbia. His research interests are eco-theology, ethics, phenomenology of sacred landscapes and sense of place. You can find more of Jason's writings on his website,, or his blog, 


Wayne Knights
Wayne Knights has taught a variety of courses in the Humanities; he has also taught history extensively at both the University of Victoria and Simon Fraser Programs in Federal Prisons. His interests include European Intellectual History and the problem of historical time.







Niall Mackenzie
Niall MacKenzie holds an undergraduate degree in History from Washington and Lee University and a doctorate in English from the University of Cambridge, where he was among the last research students to be supervised by the late Howard Erskine-Hill.  Before coming to SFU, he was a Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UBC.
     Niall’s publications on literary-historical matters have appeared in a number of journals and edited collections, including Scottish Gaelic Studies, Éigse, Studia Neophilologica, The Review of English Studies, and The Age of Johnson.  He is a grandson of Kate MacKenzie (Caitrìona Uilleim Iain mhic Artair, 1876-1979), a noted Cape Breton Island tradition bearer.




Michael Newton
Michael Newton's connection with Japan started when, at age 12, he joined a Japanese martial arts class at a local YMCA. "That class began a journey which shaped th rest of my life," he says. He lived for about nine years in Japan, first as a martial arts student, then as a graduate student studying Japanese religions, and finally as a teacher and translator. His area of specialty is Japanese culture and religion, but he is also interested in Japanese aesthetics and art. He has taught undergraduate courses at SFU on Japanese history and culture, Asian Studies, Buddhism, Zen, and other religious studies. Recentlly, he finished writing a chapter on Japanese religions in British Columbia for a book on Asian religions in BC which will be published by UBC Press. Michael Newton is an ordained Zen Buddhist priest and a member of a meditation group in Vancouver.