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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.
My current research focuses on 1) environmental justice 2) transformational pedagogy, 3) the human rights of older persons and 4) the politics and policy of wildnerness conservation and public land stewardship.
I am active in several scholarly associations including the American Political Science Association (Program Chair, Human Rights Section) and the International Studies Association.
Please follow the links above for further information on any of these areas. I welcome questions and contributions!
The photo at the top of this page is the Nebraska farmland that has been in my family for 150 years. This is what alfalfa hay looks like when it is growing. Isn’t it beautiful? Our land sits over the Ogallala Aquifer, which supplies water for about 30% of agricultural irrigation in the US. Transcanada wants to build the Keystone XL Pipeline within 10 miles of our land. Transcanada’s existing Keystone Pipeline has already had more leaks than any other pipeline built. Transcanada’s contracts for the last pipeline almost totally limited their liability. #NOKXL