Welcome! I teach comparative and international politics at the University of Rhode Island as the Silvia-Chandley Professor of Nonviolence and Peace Studies (2017-2019). My professional focus is on the role that religious, historical, and cultural narratives can play in democratic development. Since my return from Ukraine, where I spent the academic year 2013-2014 as a Fulbright Research Scholar, I have focused particular attention on developments there.
Even as my writings have become more varied, a common thread remains -- the choice of cultural framework, or narrative, often determines a policy’s success or failure.