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Areas of expertise
International organizations, comparative politics of Europe, the European Union, international security, international relations theory

Currently I am a visiting professor in the Department of Political Science at Southwestern University. My fields of teaching include comparative politics of Europe, the European Union, international organizations, international security.

Education

PhD, University of Wisconsin - Madison 2002
MA, University of Wisconsin - Madison 1995
BA, University of Pittsburgh 1993

Positions

Associate Director
University of Texas at Austin European Union Center of Excellence
January 01, 2009 - August 01, 2009

Assistant Professor
US Army School of Advanced Military Studies
June 01, 2006 - December 01, 2008

Assistant Dean
University of Kansas Graduate School and Office of International Programs
November 01, 2003 - June 01, 2006

Statistical and Information Officer
University of Kansas Graduate School and Office of International Programs
June 01, 2001 - November 01, 2003

Teaching Philosophy


Previous Courses


Research

I am actively publishing in the field of security studies and European politics. My main area of research at present is theoretical: I am in the process of preparing a set of articles on what I am calling the 'social construction' of military doctrine and military technology. I presented a paper on this topic at the 2010 International Studies Association (ISA) conference in New Orleans, and will present a second paper on the topic at the World Congress of Sociology in Gothenburg, Sweden, in July.

I also am continuing to work in the area of the military role in the amnesty, reconciliation and reintegration (AR2) process in post-conflict societies. I presented a paper on this topic at the 2009 American Political Science Association annual conference in Toronto, Canada. I am in the process of preparing a book proposal that will consist of an extended treatment of this topic.

I have a forthcoming article on the social construction of military technology that will appear in the Whitehead Journal of International Diplomacy and Law (Seton Hall University), as well as a forthcoming piece on the 'puzzle versus problem' split among academia and practitioners that will appear in the American Political Science Association's Perspectives on Politics. I have one recent article on the myth of a global insurgency, published in the January 2010 issue of Joint Force Quarterly. I am also in the process of writing a textbook on the theory and practice of international organizations with two co-authors, Dr. Catherine Weaver of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT - Austin and Dr. Michael Lipson of Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. Finally, I am a co-editor on a book project examining the shrinking gap between war and peace studies and new ways to teach an integrated approach to the disciplines.


Publications

Journal Publications:

 Book Chapters:

  •  "The Military Role in the Amnesty, Reconciliation and Reintegration (AR2) Process: An Expanded Framework Analysis," in Military Sociology Essays In Honour Of Charles C. Moskos, Giusuppe Caforio, ed., London: Emerald Group, 2009, pp. 93-100.
  • "The European Union in Contemporary and Historical Perspective," case study for Wadsworth?s ?International Relations Interactive? CD-ROM, 2003.
  • "Engineering Influence: The Subtle Power of Small States in the CSCE/OSCE," in Small States and Alliances, Erich Reiter and Heinz Gärtner, eds., Heidelberg; New York: Physica-Verlag, 2001, pp. 63-84.

 Working Papers:

  • "Puzzles versus problems: the alleged disconnect between academics and military practitioners," essay to support the "Bridging the Gap" conference at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law

o   Published online at http://www.robertstrausscenter.org/research/view/20

Other Publications:

Forthcoming Publications:

  • "The Promise and the Peril: The Social Construction of American Military Technology," appearing in the Summer issue of the Whitehead Journal of International Diplomacy and Law.
  • "Puzzles versus problems: the alleged disconnect between academics and military practitioners," forthcoming as a symposium in Perspectives on Politics.
  • The Theory and Practice of International Organizations (textbook), under contract with Rowman and Littlefield, expected completion early 2011.