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 a Fulbright Research Scholar in Odessa, Ukraine's third largest city. My fortuitous location during this critical time led to numerous invitations to comment on the events taking place there. Shorter reflections can be found in the "Commentary" section, longer ones in "Articles & Chapters."

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