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The faculty within the School of Politics and Global Studies work very closely with graduate students. Many students participate in workshops and conferences as well as meet with guest lecturers from other universities.
Not only does the faculty at SPGS encourage students to understand the nation and world from an institutional perspective but they also emphasize research that links theory with real world issues and action through policy.
The following faculty are associated with the MA in political science and the PhD in political science.
Keith Brown holds a bachelor's in classics from the University of Oxford and a master's and doctorate in anthropology from the University of Chicago. Following teaching appointments in anthropology at Bowdoin College and the University of Wales, he joined the Politics, Culture and Identity program at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. As well as teaching in Brown's interdisciplinary undergraduate programs in International Relations and Development Studies, he led several collaborative and policy-oriented research projects focusing on conflict and its aftermath, civil-military relations, and transitions to and from democracy. He served as director of the Brown International Advanced Research Institutes from 2010-2014, and director of the Watson Institute's postdoctoral program from 2014-2017, before joining ASU as director of the Melikian Center in 2017.
He has also been a senior fellow at the United States Institute of Peace and a visiting fellow at the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute, and has delivered lecture series at the University of Oxford and at the Institute for National History in Skopje, Macedonia, where he was a Fulbright fellow in 2012-13.
Lenka Buštíková grew up in Prague and holds a PhD in political science from Duke University and MA degrees from Charles University, Central European University and Harvard University. She is an Assistant Professor in the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University. Her research focuses on party politics, voting behavior, clientelism, and state capacity, with special reference to Eastern Europe. She is the recipient of the 2015 Best Article Prize, awarded by the American Political Science Association's European Politics and Society Section, for her article "Revenge of the Radical Right", and also the recipient of the 2017 Best Paper Prize, awarded by the American Political Science Association's Comparative Democratization Section, for her paper co-authored with Cristina Corduneanu-Huci "Patronage, Trust and State Capacity: The Historical Trajectories of Clientelism".
Roxanne Doty joined the ASU faculty in 1990. She received her MA and MA for Arizona State University and PhD from the University of Minnesota. She is the author of The Law Into Their Own Hands-Immigration and the Politics of Exceptionalism (2009) University of Arizona Press, Anti-Immigrantism in Western Democracies (2003) Routledge, Studies in Global Political Economy Series, and Imperial Encounters: Patterns of Representation in North/South Relations (1996) University of Minnesota Press. Professor Doty has contributed articles to International Studies Quarterly, Review of International Studies, European Journal of International Relations, Security Studies, Alternatives, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Millennium-Journal of International Studies, and International Political Sociology. She is the recipient of a Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation grant 1997-1998. Her current research interests include international relations theory, border studies, and the politics of writing.
She began teaching at ASU in 1989 after receiving her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She has contributed articles to the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Politics, and the Journal of Politics. She is the co-author of The Changing Face of Representation: The Gender of U.S. Senators and Constituent Communications (University of Michigan, 2014) is the co-author of No-Holds Barred: Negative Campaigning in U.S. Senate Campaigns (Prentice Hall, 2004), co-author of The Spectacle of U.S. Senate Campaigns (Princeton University Press, 1999), and the author of The Political Consequences of Being a Woman (Columbia University Press, 1996). Professor Fridkin's current research interests are negative campaigning, women and politics, and senate elections.
Margaret Hanson is an assistant professor in the School of Politics and Global Studies. Her research focuses on autocracies, with an emphasis on the former Soviet Union. Specifically, she is interested in how formal and informal institutions interact to shape authoritarian governance; her work centers on the role of law, courts, and the procuracy. She teaches classes in comparative politics, political economy, and research methods.
Michael Hechter Ph.D. Columbia University. Elected Fellow, American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Foundation Professor of Political Science. Michael Hechter has taught at the Universities of Washington, Arizona and Oxford. He has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences and the Russell Sage Foundation, and was a visiting professor at the Universities of Bergen and Llubljana. Hechter is the author of numerous books, including Internal Colonialism: The Celtic Fringe in British National Development, 1536-1966 (1975; 1999); Principles of Group Solidarity (1987); Containing Nationalism (2000), and Alien Rule (2013). He is editor/co-editor of The Microfoundations of Macrosociology (1983); Social Institutions: Their Emergence, Maintenance and Effects (1990); The Origin of Values (1993); Social Norms (2001, 2005); and Theories of Social Order (2003). His articles have appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, Demography, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Rationality and Society, Sociological Theory, European Sociological Review, and many other journals. His writings have been translated into Italian, Japanese, Hungarian, Chinese, Arabic, French, Spanish, and Georgian.
Professor Rodney Hero is the Raul Yzaguirre Chair in the School of Politics and Global Studies at ASU. His research and teaching focus on American democracy and politics, especially as viewed through the analytical lenses of Latino Politics, Racial/Ethnic Politics, State and Urban Politics, and Federalism. His book, "Latinos and the U.S. Political System: Two-tiered Pluralism," received the American Political Science Association's [APSA] 1993 Ralph J. Bunche Award. He also authored "Faces of Inequality: Social Diversity in American Politics" (which was selected for the APSA’s Woodrow Wilson Award in 1999), and "Racial Diversity and Social Capital: Equality and Community in America" (2007). He is also co-author of "MultiEthnic Moments: The Politics of Urban Education Reform (2006); Newcomers, Insiders and Outsiders: Immigrants and American Racial Politics in the Early 21st Century" (2009); and "Latino Lives in America: Making it Home" (2010); "Latinos in the New Millennium: An Almanac of Opinion, Behavior, and Policy Preferences" (2012). And his 2013 co-atuhored book, "Black-Latino Relations in U.S. National Politics: Beyond Conflict or Cooperation," was chosen for the 2014 'Best Book on Latino Politics Award' given by the Latino Caucus of the APSA. He has also authored and co-authored a number of articles in scholarly journals, and chapters in edited books, and was a co-principal investigator on the Latino National Survey (completed in 2006). He has also served on the editorial board of a number of major political science journals.
Richard Herrera joined the ASU faculty in 1989. He received his BA and MA from St. Mary's University and his PhD from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Professor Herrera has contributed articles to the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and Public Opinion Quarterly. His current research interests are focused on U.S. Governors, their ideology, policy agendas, and representative functions.
Professor Hinojosa received her B.A. in government from the University of Texas at Austin and her M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University. She is the author of Selecting Women, Electing Women: Political Representation and Candidate Selection in Latin America (Temple University Press, 2012). The fieldwork for that manuscript was funded by the Fulbright Foundation. Her work on the book was financed in part by a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. The book has been reviewed by The Journal of Politics, NACLA Report on the Americas, Latin American Politics & Society, and Choice, among others. Professor Hinojosa is currently working on a new book that examines how the increased descriptive representation of women as legislators affects citizens' political engagement and participation. This project, co-authored with Professor Miki Kittilson, draws on a panel survey of 1200 Uruguayans which was carried out before and after the implementation of a national gender quota. The survey was funded by USAID.
Valerie Hoekstra joined the Arizona State University faculty in 2002 after teaching at Washington University in St. Louis. She received her master's and doctorate from SUNY Stony Brook and her bachelor's from California State University Long Beach.
Her research and teaching interests focus on judicial politics, especially judicial decision making, the effect of Supreme Court decisions on public opinion, state courts and state legislatures, reforms to state judicial systems, public evaluations of judicial nominees, and comparative research on the diversity on high/constitutional courts.
She is currently working on a book manuscript which examines why legislatures create independent judiciaries. The book draws up on changes to the selection, retention and tenure of high court judges in the American states from approximately 1850 to the present. This project has been funded by the National Science Foundation.
She is also working on a project looking at the promotion of women to constitutional and international courts abroad as well as experimental work on how the public evaluates judicial nominees.
She is the author of a Cambridge University Press book, "Public Reaction to Supreme Court Decisions" (2003) and has authored or co-authored articles in American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, and American Politics Research.
Okey Chris Iheduru joined the ASU faculty in fall 2004. He received his B.Sc. (Honors) from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, his M. A. from the University of Akron, and his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. Professor Iheduru is the author of The Political Economy of International Shipping in Developing Countries (1996). He has written numerous book chapters, as well as articles in journals such as International Studies Review, Review of International Political Economy, Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, African Affairs, Journal of Modern African Studies, Journal of Developing Areas, Ocean Development and International Law, and Maritime Policy and Management. In 2005, he was elected Chair of the Executive Committee of the Southern Interdisciplinary Research on Africa (SIRAS). He was a Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Scholar in South Africa in 2000-2001, and has consulted for the World Bank and the Canadian International Development Agency/SPCS Transport Consortium on the maritime policies of African states. He is also a Visiting Professor-at-Large of National Security Governance at the Nigerian Defense Academy, Kaduna, Nigeria. His current teaching interests straddle Comparative Politics and International Relations; while his current research interests are focused on social transformation and military leadership, state-mediated capitalism and comparative capitalism; and cross-border non-state actors and changes in African political economy and regional integration.
Patrick J. Kenney is the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a Foundation professor in the School of Politics and Global Studies. Patrick Kenney came to ASU in 1986 and received his BA, MAPA, and PhD from the University of Iowa. Professor Kenney has authored and co-authored articles in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics and several other journals. He has co-authored three books with Kim Fridkin, The Spectacle of U.S. Senate Campaigns (Princeton Press, 1999), No-Holds Barred: Negativity in U.S. Senate Campaigns (Prentice Hall, 2004) and The Changing Face of Representation (University of Michigan Press, 2014). He has received funding from the National Science Foundation. His research areas are in campaigns, elections, and voting behavior.
Jennet Kirpatrick researches American political thought, with an emphasis on social movements, law, and social change. her first book, "Uncivil Disobedience" (Princeton University Press), examines the role that violence and terrorism have played in the exercise of democratic ideals in America.
Her second book, "The Virtues of Exit" (University of North Carolina Press) raises a question about a well-established tenet of democratic theory. Democracies rely on civic participation; they need citizens to act (to vote, to serve on juries, to run for office, and so on) in order to function and to possess political legitimacy. Do democracies also need citizens who purposefully opt out of politics? She investigates this question by looking at a range of cases, including Thoreau's decamping to Walden, narratives of American slaves who escaped slavery, and the lives of political exiles.
Her other interests include law and society, morality and politics, and feminist theory.
Miki Caul Kittilson joined the ASU faculty in Fall 2004. She earned her BA from Arizona State University, MA and PhD from University of California, Irvine. Her current co-authored research, funded by the National Science Foundation, examines gender equality on high courts around the world. Her book (co-authored with Leslie Schwindt-Bayer), The Gendered Effects of Electoral Institutions: Political Engagement and Participation, was published by Oxford University Press in the Comparative Politics Series. She has also published articles in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, International Organization, Comparative Political Studies, Perspectives on Politics, Party Politics, Political Behavior and Politics & Gender.
Narayani Lasala-Blanco is an assistant professor in the School of Politics and Global Studies. She specializes in the study of immigrant political integration, Latino and minority politics in the U.S., public opinion and political behavior. Her current work focuses on the development of civic skills among first-generation Latino immigrants in the U.S.
Paul G. Lewis is Associate Professor in Arizona State University's School of Politics and Global Studies. In his research, he is interested in the determinants and effects of public policies, and in the way people think about policy. Much of his published work has examined urban development, community change, and local policies toward immigrants. Lewis is coauthor of a recent book, Policing Immigrants: Local Law Enforcement on the Front Lines (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2016), in collaboration with colleagues from law, criminology, and geography. Previously, he wrote Shaping Suburbia: How Political Institutions Organize Urban Development (Univ. of Pittsburgh Press, 1996; named an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice), and coauthored Custodians of Place: Governing the Growth and Development of Cities (Georgetown Univ. Press, 2009). His recent articles appear in such venues as the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Law & Policy, the Journal of Urban Affairs, and the Journal of the American Planning Association.
Lewis's research has received funding support from the National Science Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation. Prior to joining ASU, he was one of the original group of research fellows at the Public Policy Institute of California, where he worked for nine years. He has served on editorial boards for Urban Affairs Review, Journal of Urban Affairs, and State and Local Government Review.
Valerie Mueller is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Politics and Global Studies. Prior to joining ASU, she was a Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, D.C. Dr. Mueller’s research falls largely into three main themes. The first quantifies rural household vulnerability to climate variability, focusing on migration, nutrition, and health markers in Africa and Asia. The second area of research uses randomized controlled trials to identify mechanisms to improve the delivery of rural services (legal justice for women, agricultural extension, and the equitable allocation of irrigation water) in East African countries. Her third area of research is on the prospects of youth employment in Africa. She is currently co-editing a volume, which studies the evolution of youth employment and its role in the structural transformation process in Africa.
Her research contributions have been featured in Nature Climate Change, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, American Economic Review, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, and the Journal of Development Economics, and have received significant media coverage in over 15 major media outlets (including Le Monde, Science, and Scientific American). Despite her presence in the research community, she remains involved in the field and aims to provide relevant technical expertise by repeated interaction with donor communities, local policymakers, and government officials.
Victor Peskin joined the School of Global Studies as an assistant professor in Spring 2006. His research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of international relations, comparative politics, and human rights. His research seeks to understand the conflicts between international legal institutions and nation-states that have ensued with the expansion of international humanitarian and human rights law. He is particularly interested in the political and philosophical battles between international war crimes tribunals and states implicated in war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. The outcome of these tribunal-state conflicts will determine the viability of the emerging system of international criminal courts to prosecute individual suspects charged with human rights violations.
Dr. Mark D. Ramirez, PhD studies the role of democratic and non-democratic processes on political preference formation with a special emphasis on how these processes impact racial and ethnic minorities. His research appears in the American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Criminology, Journal of Politics, Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, International Studies Review, Political Behavior, Political Psychology, Public Opinion Quarterly, Race & Justice, and The Political Methodologist. He is the current organizer of the Working Group in Political Psychology and is also affiliated with the Provost's Southwest Borderlands Initiative, the Center for Latina/os and American Politics Research, the Center for the Future of War and the National Institute for Civil Discourse. Prior to ASU, he served as a Research Fellow at the Center for Empirical Research in the Law at Washington University in Saint Louis and a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow.
Dr. Shair-Rosenfield received her MA (2009) and PhD (2012) in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her BA in economics and government from Cornell University (2003). Her current research focuses on the politics of electoral reform, the causes and consequences of federalism and decentralization, and the effects of political institutions on female political representation. Her research and teaching interests broadly include comparative political institutions, democratization, political parties and electoral systems, federalism and decentralization, and gender and politics. She teaches courses on comparative politics, democratization and the politics of Asia at ASU.
Dr. Shair-Rosenfield conducted eighteen months of in-depth fieldwork in Indonesia and has served as a parties and elections consultant with the National Democratic Institute in Jakarta. She is a co-author of the Regional Authority Index (RAI), an index of subnational authority in 80 countries from 1950-2010. Her work has been published in the Journal of East Asian Studies, Journal of Politics in Latin America, Electoral Studies, and Political Research Quarterly.
Glenn Sheriff is an assistant research professor in the School of Politics and Global Studies, with a research focus on the distribution of benefits and costs of environmental, natural resource, and climate policy. He received his MS and PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Maryland. Before joining the ASU faculty he taught at Columbia University and served as an economist at several federal agencies including the State Department, White House Council on Environmental Quality, Environmental Protection Agency, and Department of Agriculture.
My present research project is a book entitled Liberalism, Rightly Understood: The Tradition from T.H. Green to John Rawls. Challenging the conventional wisdom—that whatever else liberalism is, it is, beyond question, a type of individualism—is my task. To accomplish this task is to cast liberalism in new progressive light, largely unseen by standard scholarship. The main thesis of the book is that liberal mutualism, not liberal individualism, runs through modern liberalism’s main protagonists from T. H. Green through L. T. Hobhouse, John Dewey, Joseph Raz, John Rawls and others of their ilk. These leading liberal theorists advocate—unlike libertarianism with its one-sided individualism, and socialism with its over socialized sociability—a kind of mutualism: a normative theory premised on the claim that individuality and sociality are essentially complementary, each shaping the other and dependent on it, each incapable of independent existence. For liberals believe that every individual’s personality is woven of both individuality and sociality. How does the mutualist supposition shape modern liberalism? What would be the most effective approach to getting a good handle on liberal mutualism?
David Siroky is Associate Professor of Political Science in the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University, where he is a core faculty member of the Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity and a faculty affiliate of the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, the Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies and the Center on the Future of War He received his Ph.D. in Political Science and M.A. in Economics from Duke University and was then the Henry Hart Rice Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University before arriving at ASU.
His research appears in the American Journal of Political Science, Caucasus Survey, Civil Wars, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Sociology, Defence and Peace Economics, Democratization, European Political Science Review, Foreign Policy Analysis , International Organization, Nationalities Papers, Political Analysis, Politics and Religion, Polity, Post-Soviet Affairs, Problems of Post-Communism, Security Studies, Social Science Quarterly, Statistics Surveys, Swiss Political Science Review, World Politics, and elsewhere. For links to recent research articles, please see his website. He has received grants as PI and co-PI from the US Department of State and the US National Science Foundation. In 2014, he was honored to be named Distinguished Professor of the Year in Political Science at ASU.
Cameron G. Thies is Professor and Director of the School of Politics and Global Studies. He came to ASU in 2013 from the University of Iowa, where he was previously the Harlan E. McGregor Faculty Fellow and Chair of the Department of Political Science. He conducts research in the areas of statebuilding in the developing world, interstate and civil conflict, international trade, and international relations theory. He has published in journal outlets such as the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, the British Journal of Political Science, World Politics, International Studies Quarterly, the European Journal of International Relations, and Comparative Political Studies, among others. He is the former founding co-Editor-in-Chief of Political Science Research and Methods, and currently Editor-in-Chief of Foreign Policy Analysis. He was awarded the Ladd Hollist Service Award (2013) and the Foreign Policy Analysis Distinguished Scholar Award (2016) of the International Studies Association, and was recently elected the association's President.
George Thomas’s research and teaching focus on world cultural processes and their constitutive effects on authority, agency, and identity. He is particularly interested in how these processes affect religions and how religions engage them. Globalization is not merely greater interconnectedness and complexity worldwide; it involves world cultural processes and a consciousness of the world as one place. In this view, global processes including technical, economic, and material globalization are cultural and characterized by a hyper rationalism, what we term global rationalism.
In one research program Thomas studies “global governance.” He studies how global problems are identified, how formal bureaucratic organizations, standards, and programs are created to solve them, and how activists mobilize to influence them. A current project studies the “global social imaginary” and how in the context of global rationalism we explain or give account of catastrophes and chronic failures. In this work he analyzes as cultural texts documents of international organizations that deal with catastrophes such as tsunamis and earthquakes and those such as the UN Millennial Development Goals that deal with chronic failures such as extreme poverty.
In a second research program Thomas studies how religious groups engage globalization and contend over emergent rationalistic institutions and policies at all scales from local to national to global. Religious contentions are especially revealing because they contest (1) the underlying assumptions and narratives of global rationalism and (2) the attribution of sovereignty to rational actors (individuals, states, humanity). A current project is on religious rights: how the global community answers the “religion question” will have profound effects on the nature of the emerging world society. He examines different sites of contention: debates in the UN system, conflict over national policies with a focus on religion in mass schooling, and decisions by international courts such as the European Court of Human Rights. Another current project is on the emergence of “new religious orthodoxies” – religious movements that are not easily categorized as either liberal or fundamentalist.
Henry Thomson is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Arizona State University. His research focuses on the political economy of authoritarianism and democratization. He has a special interest in role which agriculture plays in processes of development and democratization. He has published articles on variation in agricultural policy across political regime type and the role of landholding inequality in promoting civil conflict and authoritarian repression. He is also interested in collective mobilization and repression under authoritarian regimes. From 2014-2017 he was a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, and has been a DAAD Fellow in Berlin. His doctoral dissertation won the 2015 Juan Linz Prize for the Best Dissertation in the Comparative Study of Democratization from the American Political Science Association and his 2016 article on landholding inequality and civil conflict won the Best Paper in International Relations Award from the Midwest Political Science Association. He teaches classes in Comparative Politics, Political Economy and International Relations.
Carolyn M. Warner (Ph.D. Harvard University; A.M. Harvard University; B.A. University of California San Diego). Professor of Political Science, School of Politics and Global Studies. Warner’s research and teaching areas are religion and politics, and the political economy of corruption in the global political economy. For the 2017-18 academic year, she is a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.
Current research includes an NSF-funded interdisciplinary project on the role of various aspects of religion in conflict. She recently completed a collaborative project funded by the Science of Generosity program at Notre Dame (http://generosityresearch.nd.edu/) via the Templeton Foundation; Warner is PI; co-Is are Adam Cohen, Psychology and Ramazan Kilinc, Political Science, Univ. Nebraska) on the role of institutions and beliefs in the generosity and public goods contributions of Catholics and Muslims. Her paper with Ramazan Kilinc and Christopher Hale, "Religion and Public Goods Provision: Experimental and Interview Evidence from Catholicism and Islam," won the 2013 Sage Award of the American Political Science Association and a revised version is in Comparative Politics (Jan. 2015). Additional research from the project has been published in Politics and Religion (Dec. 2015) and she and her colleagues have a book, Generating Generosity: Beliefs, Institutions and Public Goods Provision in Catholicism and Islam, in production with Cambridge University Press (2018).
She is studying the politics of sex abuse in the military and in the Catholic Church in the US, Australia and the UK, with further comparison to France. This work analyzes the Church and military's handing of cases of clergy child sex abuse and sexual assault, respectively, to better understand the role of their missions, structure and internal legal systems in producing problematic outcomes, and to understand the conditions under which civil and political authorities hold these institutions accountable for their actions on cases of sex abuse. As part of this project, she is co-authoring a paper with Flinn scholar and ASU Barrett Honors undergraduate, Mia Armstrong, to shed light on how cases of sexual assault have typically been handled by the US military, in an effort to see whether the situation is as "chaotic" and biased as it has been described, and to see what considerations commanders face and take into account in handling such cases.
Dr. Reed Wood, Assistant Professor, School of Politics and Global Studies. Dr. Wood received his PhD in Political Science from the University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill (2010) and his BA in history and human rights studies from the University of North Carolina--Asheville (2001). Dr. Wood’s research broadly focuses on political violence, conflict processes, and human rights. His current research project investigates women’s participation in armed resistance movements and how their inclusion in these movements affects conflict processes. His other ongoing research focuses on the strategic dimensions of state and non-state actor violence against civilians during civil wars and insurgencies. Dr. Wood currently teaches courses on human rights, gender and conflict, and insurgency and terrorism. He also co-manages the Political Terror Scale (PTS), which is an annually updated index of state violations of physical integrity rights. His work has recently appeared in the Journal of Politics, International Organization, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution.
Thorin Wright is an Assistant Professor at the School of Politics & Global Studies at Arizona State University. He received his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012. He received his B.A. (2005) and M.S. (2007) degrees in political science at the University of North Texas.
His primary research interests include state repression and human rights, and international conflict dynamics. His research has been published in journals such as International Studies Quarterly, International Interactions, Journal of Conflict Resolution and Journal of Peace Research. He was also recently awarded, along with his co-principal investigators, a multi-year grant from the National Science Foundation to collect data on sub-national variation in human rights practices.