Welcome! I teach comparative and international politics at the University of Rhode Island. My professional focus is on the role that religious, historical, and cultural narratives play in democratic development. My regional areas of expertise are Russia and Ukraine.
latest book, The Tragedy of Ukraine: What Classical Greek Tragedy Can Teach Us About Conflict Resolution (Boston and Berlin: De Gruyter, 2023), looks at the conflict in Ukraine through the lens of
classical Greek tragedy, highlighting its deep domestic roots. For the parties to move from
confrontation to dialogue will require untangling these roots and embracing a
change of heart or catharsis. To facilitate this process we
should look to classical Greek tragedy, which once performed a similar
therapeutic function in Athenian society.
A paperback edition is now available for USD 21.99 (EUR 19.95).
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.