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.
I am Director of the Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project, which works with community partners in Chicago and cities abroad to draw and apply comparative lessons to make measurable gains in respect for human rights in urban settings.
I have conducted archival and field research in Yellowstone National Park, Central Asia, the UK, Canada, and Australia. I am author of Human Rights and Foreign Aid: For Love or Money (Routledge, 2007), The Politics of Harry Potter (Palgrave McMillan, 2012),editor of Human Rights Since 9/11: A Sourcebook (Open Society Foundation, 2013), and coeditor of Public Opinion and War: Lessons from Iraq (Potomac, 2012). I have also authored articles on environmental politics and justice, conservation policy, 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 Books. Besides my teaching experience at Roosevelt and the University of California, I have also taught in a number of jails and prisons.
I am an officer or member of several 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.