Welcome! I teach comparative and international politics at the University of Rhode Island, where I currently hold the biennial Silvia-Chandley Professorship of Nonviolence and Peace Studies. 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.