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 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.

I am currently working on two projects. The first is a book that explores the tensions arising from the simultaneous efforts of the Russian government to modernize society, and of the Russian Orthodox Church to “re-Christianize” it. The other is a critical appraisal of how the "values gap" between Russia and the West has shaped American foreign policy. Ultimately, I hope to explore the sources within the Russian and European cultural traditions could help to bridge this gap.

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.