1998 - Ph.D., Boston College
1991 - M.A., University of New Hampshire
1984 - B.A., Oberlin College
I currently hold the Richard L. Bready Chair in Ethics, Economics, and the Common Good, and am an associate professor of Politics at Saint Anselm College. I teach courses in the Politics, Humanities, and Philosophy departments. I served for several years as the academic advisor to the NHIOP. From 2005 to 2010, I co-chaired Saint Anselm's programs for Learning Liberty and Education in Liberty and the Liberal Arts. I also served as program Director of the College's Civic Leadership Academy. Currently I am a member of the board at the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy.
Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, I worked as a campaign manager, legal researcher, and as an actor, and mushed dogs recreationally. Before coming to Saint Anselm I taught political theory and international relations for four years at the University of New Hampshire, and I am a recipient of the Boston College Excellence in Teaching Award. I am a former member of the Actors' Equity Association, and remain active on stages around New Hampshire.
Research and Literature
My research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Earhart Foundation and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.
I authored The Great Art of Government: Locke's Use of Consent, and co-authored The Irony of Barack Obama: Barack Obama, Reinhold Niebuhr, and the Problem of Christian Statecraft. I've also produced articles and chapters on politics and popular culture, justice and war, nineteenth century Russian thought, the political philosophy of Henry Kissinger, and the religious and philosophic influences on Barack Obama. My current research explores the relation between philosophy and classical liberal politics in the work of John Locke.