2001 - Ph.D., Brown University, Political Science
1994 - M.A., Brown University, Political Science
1992 - M.A., University of Southern California, International Relations
1989 - B.A., Creighton University, History and French
Teaching and Student Involvement
I came to Saint Anselm College in 2004 because I was attracted by its strong commitment to both teaching and research. I see the classroom as a place where students prepare to be global citizens, as well as future political researchers and practitioners. My role is to introduce students to the politics discipline's conceptual, methodological, and theoretical material, and to help them apply it to the questions, issues, and case studies that are relevant for them. Mentoring students as they seek knowledge and forge their place in the world is a privilege. It is also one of the best parts of my job.
I teach in both the Politics and International Relations tracks of the Politics major. My courses range from introductory requirements in Comparative Politics and International Relations, to more advanced courses in Latin American Politics, Sub-Saharan African Politics, Comparative Democracy, and North-South Relations. I very much enjoy directing our seniors in their thesis projects, and I am involved in teaching interdisciplinary courses with faculty in the Humanities, Philosophy, and Theology departments.
Involvement with student organizations is a priority for me. I am the faculty advisor for the Model United Nations Club, which has an annual conference at Harvard, as well as occasional trips to New York City to visit the United Nations. I have also served as advisor to several residential learning communities, which host film nights, politics discussions, and other activities in the residence halls.
My areas of research interest include the international political economy of development, Brazilian political economy, theories of culture and institutional change, and the politics of religion. My most recent work has examined competing visions of regionalism in the Americas and the divergent political strategies of Catholics and Evangelical Protestants in Brazil. I welcome student participation in my research.
Examples of my publications include: "Does Democratization Alter the Policy Process? Trade Policymaking in Brazil" (coauthored with Leslie Elliott Armijo), Democratization 15:5 (December 2008); "Brazil's 1964-67 Economic Stabilization Plan as Institutional Syncretism," in Reconfiguring Institutions Across Time and Space, eds. Rudra Sil and Dennis C. Galvan (London: Palgrave, 2007); and "The Brazilian Church: Reintegrating Ontology and Epistemology," in The Catholic Church and the Nation-State: Comparative Perspectives, eds. Paul Christopher Manuel, Lawrence C. Reardon and Clyde Wilcox (Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2006).