Associate Professor, Political Science Program
Chairperson, Political Science Program
Director, Political Science Program
Office: PC 2225
- Courses Taught
- Educational History
- Professional Societies
Recipient of Gannon's Student Government Association “Excellence in Teaching Award” in 2004
- POLI 111 Intro to US Government
- POLI 133 Intro to International Relations
- POLI 220 Comparative Government
- POLI 343 US Foreign Policy
- POLI 360 Political Theory
- POLI 400 Senior Seminar
- Regional Studies: European Union, Russia, Islamic World
- Special Topics: Totalitarian Regimes, Nationalism, Democracy, American Political Thought
- Honor's Seminar: Catholic Encounters with the World
- University of Notre Dame, Government and International Studies, M.A. 1992, Ph.D 1997
- Canisius College, B.A. History and International Relations, 1988
- Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism
- Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies
- Newman Association of America
- University Faculty for Life
"The External Dimension of Democratization in Latvia: The Impact of European Institutions," International Relations, Vol. 13, No. 3, December 1996, pp. 59-73.
Nationalism and Democratic Transition: The Politics of Citizenship and Language in Post-Soviet Latvia. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2001.
"The Persistence of the Baltic Nations under Soviet Rule: An Ethno-Symbolist Critique of Modernist Perspectives on the Breakup of the USSR," in Mitchell Young, Eric Zuelow, and Andreas Sturm, Nationalism in a Global Era: The Persistence of Nations, Routledge, 2007, pp. 179-197.
Fulbright Research Fellowship at the University of Latvia, 1994-1995
My major research interests include the subjects of nationalism and citizenship policies in Europe and the former Soviet Union, the life and thought of Blessed John Henry Newman, and the purpose and character of a Liberal Arts education. Additional interests include America's founding principles and the formation of America's national "creed" and civic identity, the principles that guide American foreign policy, and the relationship between the effort to construct the European Union and the strength of national identity and democracy at the state level.