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. My unique vantage point led to many invitations to reflect on the events taking place there. Shorter reflections can be found in my "Commentary" section, longer ones in "Articles & Chapters."

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