Originally from Glenwood Springs, Colorado, I have taught at Colorado State University (CSU) on and off since 2008. In the process of getting my Ph.D., I taught courses at University of Denver and University of Colorado. My current primary academic position is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics and International Studies at Hendrix College in central Arkansas. The courses I've taught include international politics, international security, U.S. foreign policy, history of political thought, contemporary political theory and a handful of interdisciplinary courses that combine global politics, international political economy, and media studies. My research focuses on using multi-disciplinary approaches to study the dynamics of media, communications and "the spectacle" as forms of power and authority in global politics. My book American Empire and the Arsenal of Entertainment was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014 while my current project uses ideas about media and society theorized by the French thinker and activist Guy Debord to understand the rise of groups like Al Qaeda and ISIL and their ability to resist the international community's effort to eliminate them.
The American Empire and the Arsenal of Entertainment: Soft Power and Cultural Weaponization, (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2014)
“The Arab Spring, 21st Century Media and Global Crisis: Is There an Emerging Network of Global Dissent?” in Critical Approaches to the Arab Uprisings: International Relations and Democracy Promotion (New York, I.B. Tauris, 2017)