1999 - B.A. from Indiana University - Double majored in History and Political Science.
2001 - Earned an A.M. from Washington University, St. Louis
2006 - Earned Ph. D. from Washington University, St. Louis
- The American Presidency
- U.S. Congress
- Supreme Court
- Civil Liberties
- Constitutional Law
- Judicial Process
- Politics and Film
- American Government and Politics
- American Foreign Policy
- Introduction to Security Studies
- National Security Law
- National Security Agencies
Research, Professional Development and Teaching
Much of my research is related to the presidency, the Supreme Court and security policy. Since my move to Westminster College, I have published in a wide variety of outlets including two peer reviewed articles titled "Warriors Exalted in Death (as in Life)” and "The Importance of National Symbols to National Identity”; multiple articles, and a book chapter in Case Studies in Homeland Security, on U.S. drone policy; and many articles about presidents and presidential power, including the Harry S. Truman chapter in the four volume Chronology of the U.S. Presidency. I have published with several students in several outlets, including professional newsletters, encyclopedias and newspapers. My work has appeared in the Washington Post hosted blog The Monkey Cage; the highly regarded international relations blog The Duck of Minerva; local, regional and national newspapers; and the esteemed Law and Politics Book Review.
I seek knowledge from the best sources. This has led me to attend several professional teaching workshops, including two related to homeland or national security issues: one at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security; the other at the University of Virginia Law School’s Center for National Security Law.
In the classroom, I ask for excellent from my students. In return, I often publish with the best students at College and take them to professional conferences. I have helped to place students in political science Ph.D. programs at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Missouri. My students have attended law school at Washington University, the University of Missouri, the University of Chicago, St. Louis University, and George Mason among many others. I have been recognized for my teaching by Alpha Chi, the Education Association, Kappa Alpha and Kappa Alpha Theta. I was also named the 2011-2012 Social Science Division Faculty Person of the Year.
In addition to teaching at Westminster College, I am also an instructor for Texas A&M’s Graduate Certificate Program in Homeland Security.
When I moved here to Fulton, it was the third time I had moved to Missouri. I went to college in Missouri, although I didn’t graduate from college here. I moved back to attend graduate school, and then again to teach at Westminster. Somehow, I feel like I am meant to stay. I have the good fortune of being married to a woman from Fulton, and teaching at Westminster has long been my personal and professional goal.
Outside of family and academics, I have two loves: Nebraska football and martial arts. I watch as many Nebraska games as I can each season, and live and die according to their success. I have been a martial arts student for about ten years, primarily in the Filipino Martial Arts. One of my proudest days was the day I was allowed to join the Dog Brothers tribe.