I was born in Moreland, ID, a metropolis of around 1,200, where my father farmed, ranched, and ran the small grocery store. He was also the postmaster. I lived across from the LDS Church building and shared a back fence with the elementary school.
After high school, I attended Ricks College for one year. In 1985, I went on a mission for the LDS Church to Mexico City, Mexico. I spent time in Acapulco, Puebla, and Mexico City (Hermita, Moctezuma, and Nezahualcoyotl). I returned to Ricks College in 1987, where I remember school vaguely, but keenly remember meeting one Jamie Wells, whom I tried desperately to impress with my car, my wit, and keen sense of fashion. Thanks to pity, she married me in August of 1988.
I finished a Political Science degree at BYU with an English Minor. I took the MA at BYU as well, studying Chaucer and the literature of the Alliterative Tradition. I also became affiliated with The Canterbury Tales Project. My thesis was a collation and analysis of four manuscript versions of the Nun’s Priest’s Tale.
After BYU, I attended Arizona State University for study leading to the Ph.D. My dissertation was a collation and lexical analysis of the Ellesmere and Hengwrt manuscripts of the Canterbury Tales, which I am preparing for publication in 2013.
I am currently CFS faculty at BYU—Idaho (a rough equivalent to associate professor), and I am happy to be the Medievalist on the English Faculty.