James K.A. Smith is a Senior Fellow with Cardus, and the editor of Comment Magazine. He teaches philosophy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he also holds the Gary & Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology and Worldview. A native of Embro, Ontario, Jamie studied at Emmaus Bible College in Dubuque, Iowa; the University of Waterloo; the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto; and earned his Ph.D. at Villanova University. He is a Visiting Professor at Trinity College of the University of Toronto and has also taught at Regent College, Fuller Seminary, Calvin Theological Seminary, and Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando.
Working at the intersection of philosophy, theology, and cultural criticism, Smith is an award-winning author of a number of books including Who's Afraid of Postmodernism? (Baker Academic, 2006), Letters to a Young Calvinist (Brazos, 2010), Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation (Baker Academic, 2009), and Teaching and Christian Practices: Reshaping Faith and Learning, co-edited with David Smith (Eerdmans, 2011). His new book, Imagining the Kingdom: How Worship Works will appear in 2013 from Baker Academic. He is currently finishing a book on Charles Taylor's account of our "secular age," and is at work on volume 3 of his Cultural Liturgies trilogy under the working title, Embodying the Kingdom: Reforming Public Theology.
His writing has also appeared in a variety of magazines including Christianity Today, First Things, Books & Culture, Christian Century, and The Banner. A first collection of his popular writing is available as The Devil Reads Derrida: And Other Essays on the University, the Church, Politics, and the Arts (Eerdmans, 2010). A new collection, Intersections: Essays on Faith & Culture, will be published by Calvin College Press in early 2013.
Jamie and his wife, Deanna, are elementary school sweethearts and have four children: two in high school and two attending Calvin College. They live in the Heritage Hill neighborhood of Grand Rapids and attend Neland Avenue Christian Reformed Church.