Title: Associate Professor and Chair
Department: Political Science
Education: Ph.D. in Political Science, West Virginia University, 2005; Master of Arts in Political Science, West Virginia University, 2003; Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, West Virginia University, 1999
Research Interests: International Relations Theory, US Foreign Policy, and Emerging Powers
Recent Research: The Formation of the BRICS and its Implication for the United States: Emerging Together (2014) The work was co-authored with John Poffenbarger, Associate Professor of Political Science at Wheeling Jesuit University. The book was published by Palgrave-Pivot.
When Alliance Restraints Fail, the Domestic Turmoil Connection for the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference in Chicago, IL, April 2015 with Michael Morgan, Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science, Marietta College and John G. Poffenbarger, Associate Professor of Political Science, Wheeling Jesuit University
Courses (Fall 2015): American National Government, Freshman Seminar on Detroit, and Political Science Senior Capstone
Courses (Spring 2016): American National Government, The Presidency
Phone: (740) 376-4801
What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?
I like to ask a lot of questions. I like debate and disagreement. Students should be able to use the concepts and theories we study to make better decisions and understand the outputs of government.
What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?
I like that MC classes allow me to work with each of our students to help them develop their critical thinking skills and become better writers.
When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?
Spending time with family, skateboarding in the park with my children, and playing loudly the bass guitar.
Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?
What is your favorite location on campus and why?
I like our classrooms, especially the seminar rooms. When I was earning my undergraduate degree I found myself in a lot of large classes. Rooms with 200 students were common. I still remember the first class I taught at MC. It had 10 students. At first I was intimidated, as even the professor can hide in a class of 200, but now it is our smaller classes that make my job so special.
What is your favorite Marietta College event?
I am a big fan of finals week. Everyone is in a rush. All are busy. Research papers are being turned in and final exams are being taken. It is stressful and exciting. For me, it is a time to see if all of the semester’s work has paid off. I also love that sense of accomplishment that comes at the completion of hard work and the promise of next semester.