Professor of Political Science
History & Politics
On faculty since 2011
PhD, University of Georgia, 2010
MA, University of South Carolina, 2006
BA, Covenant College, 2000
My primary areas of research address public opinion and the politics of non-democratic states. I am also involved in research pertaining to nuclear nonproliferation and terrorism, and recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the International Center for the Study of Terrorism at Penn State University. My current research explores the dynamics of individual-level decision making in bringing about risky, group-level actions under conditions of political repression. I endeavor to bring these experiences into the classroom at Covenant College, where I offer a number of courses in the areas of comparative politics and international relations. It is my goal that students emerge from Covenant’s Politics program with a range of theoretical and methodological tools, coupled with a substantive knowledge of the discipline, to engage critically and successfully in careers in government, law, journalism and academia.
I am a member, with my family, of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Chattanooga.
- American Political Science Association
- International Studies Association
- Georgia Political Science Association
- "Assessing the Effects of Changes in British Counterterrorism Policy on Radical Islamist Networks in the United Kingdom, 1999-2009." With Samuel Bestvater (student). Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, forthcoming.
- “Leadership Change and the Power of Domestic Audiences: A Game Theoretic Account of Escalation and De-escalation in Civil Conflicts.” 2014. With Mwita Chacha. African Security 7: 110-134.
- “Adversarial Behavior in Complex Adaptive Systems: Competitive Adaptation in Militant Networks.” With John Horgan, Michael Kenney, Peter Vining, Kathleen Carley, Michael Bigrigg, Mia Bloom and Kurt Braddock. Applied Ergonomics. 44: 739-747.
- “The Consistency of Policy with Opinion in the Russian Federation, 1992-2006.” 2012. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties 22: 215-244.
- “Methodological Triangulation in the Analysis of Terrorist Networks.” 2012. With John Horgan. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 35: 182-192.
- “Complying by Denying: Explaining Why States Develop Nonproliferation Export Controls.” 2011. With Douglas Stinnett, Bryan R. Early, and Johannes Karreth. International Studies Perspectives 12: 308-326.
- “The Cognitive Structure of Public Attitudes Toward Government Policy in Iran.” Journal of Political Science 39: 80-116.