Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Toledo. Prior to coming to Toledo, I was a Postdoctoral Scholar and Faculty in Residence in International Studies and International Programs at North Carolina State University, where I lived in the Global Village, a living-learning community for study abroad students and students interested in living abroad. I received my doctorate from the University of Virginia in August 2013.
I combine politics and law to research, educate, and advocate on topics relating to human rights, international relations, political violence, and particularly the UN Human Rights Council. Because of my experiences in human rights, my regional expertise is broad and includes Europe (Benelux), S.E. Asia (Viet Nam), and the MENA.
I spent the summer of 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland thanks to a generous grant from the University of Toledo for $15,000. This research trip is part of a book on norm contestation at the United Nations