Position: Assistant Professor
- International Relations and U.S. Foreign Policy
Department: Political Science
I teach classes on international security, U.S. foreign policy, and International Relations theory, and I am available to advise students on these topics and more. I currently have two main research projects underway: one focusing on great power relations during periods of major international change (with a specific emphasis on U.S.-China relations); and another focusing on the environmental protection of U.S. military bases, both overseas and in the 50 states. I also have a keen interest in British and European politics.
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
My work has appeared in journals such as African Affairs, Anthropology Today, Asian Security, Chinese Journal of International Politics, Environmental Policy and Law, International Journal, International Political Sociology, International Politics, Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, Journal of Transatlantic Studies, Marine Policy, National Interest, Political Quarterly, PS: Political Science & Politics, and Review of International Studies. You can view most of my publications on the Academia.edu website.
United States Foreign Policy (Spring 2017) - Syllabus
This is a course on US foreign policy. It is designed to help students think critically about how the US decides upon its foreign policy objectives and how it goes about achieving them. In addition, the class encourages students to consider the impacts of US foreign policy on people at home and abroad. The course is divided into three sections. The first section surveys some external influences on US foreign policy—that is, causes of US behavior that stem from the international environment. The second section explores the internal determinants of US foreign policy—namely, political parties, economic structure, bureaucratic politics, and the role of political culture. The final section turns to explore the foreign policy of Donald Trump during his first year in office. In Spring 2017, students in this course will participate in a Department of Homeland Security-sponsored program called Peer 2 Peer: Challenging Extremism.
International Relations (Spring 2017) - Syllabus
This is an introductory-level course on international relations. It is organized around three central questions. First, how does what happens overseas affect those who live inside the United States? Second, what impact does US politics have upon the rest of the world? And finally, to what extent is international politics really any different from national politics? Students will be introduced to a number of theoretical perspectives for studying international relations, each of which will bring into focus different aspects of the world in which we live. These theories will be applied to a variety of contemporary international issues: war and peace, environmental change, human rights, poverty and development, and more.