I earned my PhD from the University of California in 2002, and my BA in Political Science/History from Duke University in 1994. I am currently a student in a Zoology MA program at Miami University of Ohio.
Currently I am Associate Professor of Political Science at Roosevelt University and Director of the Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project. This unique undergraduate human rights research program engages students in policy-oriented comparative human rights research here in Chicago and abroad (http://www.roosevelt.edu/CAS/CentersAndInstitutes/Loundy.aspx). Our students also have internship opportunities in related organisations. Recent foci include environmental justice, wrongful convictions and miscarriages of justice, drug policy, and police use of excessive force.
I have conducted archival and field research in Central Asia, the UK, Canada, and Australia. I am author of Human Rights and Foreign Aid (Routledge, 2007), The Politics of Harry Potter (Palgrave McMillan, 2012), coeditor of Public Opinion and War: Lessons from Iraq (Potomac, 2011), and editor of Human Rights Since 9/11: A Sourcebook (Open Society Foundation, 2013), along with authoring articles on human rights, foreign aid, US, British, Canadian, and Australian foreign policy, and counterterrorism, in Political Research Quarterly, The Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and edited volumes from Ashgate and Lexington. Besides teaching at Roosevelt and the University of California, I’ve taught in a number of jails and prisons.
I am an officer in several professional/scholarly associations including the American Political Science Association and the International Studies Association.
My current research focuses on 1) environmental justice and transformational pedagogy, and 2) the human rights of older persons.
Please follow the links above for further information on any of these areas. I welcome questions and contributions.