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Although having completed degrees in religion, psychology and philosophy my actual educational background is broader. Having been an academic dean, I was able to take graduate coursework in a various fields for fourteen years after completing two graduate degrees. More importantly, I read a lot. Additionally, I used to be an editor of and remain a writer for a vetted academic journal in the field of classics and ancient history. As such, both for that job and outside of it, I have extensive experience in helping graduate students with dissertations and faculty with publications. My own publications have been in biblical criticism, political economy, political science, classics, history, philosophy and psychology. Examples of my writing, formal and informal, are posted on GoodReads.com.
My first serious academic paper was on the Beard/McDonald debate as regards the economic interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. I have read several hundred American history books since college.
My degrees in biblical studies include an A.B. in religious studies from Grinnell College and an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary. While an academic dean at Loyola University Chicago I was enrolled in their Institute of Pastoral Studies. In addition, I was an editor for the Ares Press and wrote for their journal, The Ancient World. My major article for this publication was "If the Salt Saltless Becomes", a study of one of the more obscure texts of the gospels. I am expert in biblical exegesis and well versed in ancient history and the classics.
My academic background in European history spans college, seminary and graduate school.
I've been involved in government and politics on local, national and international levels since I was fifteen.
In addition to being employed as an editor of the vetted, academic journal, The Ancient World, I have also been an unpaid editor for several other publications. My proofreading experience has included works of fiction, doctoral dissertations and academic books in a variety of fields in the humanities and social sciences. I have often worked with students and scholars burdened by having to write in what, for them, is a second language. My most recent book is an archaeological guide of ancient Greek settlements in southern Italy and Sicily.
My background in psychotherapeutics consists of an M.Div. in the field earned at Union Theological Seminary; an internship in Clinical Pastoral Education at St. Luke's Medical Center; a year working at a research associate and deliverer of intake tests at Forest Psychiatric Hospital in Des Plaines, Illinois; and two years as a childcare worker for adolescent boys diagnosed as psychotic, also in Illinois. My academic background pertinent to psychology focused on the historical and philosophical bases of depth psychology, with a book-length thesis specifically on the influence of Kant and other philosophers on the work of C.G. Jung.
I have a bachelor's in religious studies from Grinnell college, a divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary and additional academic work in Loyola University's Institute of Pastoral Studies. My last completed degree was an master's in philosophy, also from Loyola. I have also completed an academic internship in Clinical Pastoral Education. My specialized studies include classical religions, early gnosticism and biblical criticism, but I have also done considerable work in comparative religions.
I have been a student all my life. Beyond the usual K-12 experience in public schools, I spent four years completing a bachelor's degree in religious studies, four completing a master's in divinity degree in psychology, four completing a master's in philosophy and eleven as an academic administrator enjoying a tuition waver. In addition, I have worked professionally as an editor of and writer for a vetted academic journal as well as for academics in a variety of disciplines. Beyond competence with most subject areas of the humanities and social sciences and expertise in some, I am a good proofreader and critic.
I'm a native English and Norwegian speaker, my mother being from Oslo and my father being of similar descent. The Norwegian has grown rusty, but I've studied French, Spanish, German and Latin in school as well as classical Greek on my own. I'm not good at foreign grammar, but this study has given me a strong historical and etymological sense of the English language.
History has long been of special interest to me. Most of my high school courses were in the field and it was my major in college until I switched to religion in the senior year. Even then my major thesis was a study of the history of the scholarly debate as regards the origins of gnosticism. Then, in seminary, I concentrated on historical issues as regards textual transmission, church history, the ancient world and the history of depth psychology. Finally, in graduate school, my focus was on the history of ideas, particularly in the field of philosophy.
I've been a regular contributor to--and occasional editor for--the academic journal, Ancient World, since 1994.
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