Welcome! I teach comparative and international politics at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, Rhode Island, USA. My professional focus is on the role that religion, history, and cultural symbols can play in democratic development. 

From July 2013 until July 2014 I was on sabbatical leave in Odessa, Ukraine as a Fulbright Research Scholar. During this tumultuous time I provided commentary to many news outlets. Some of these can be accessed in my "Commentary" section.

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