Welcome to my website. For those interested in learning a little more about me, I am a political scientist specializing in comparative politics (Canada and Africa), development administration and management. I have lived and worked overseas for over eight of the last 30 years and have conducted field research and been involved in the design, implementation, and evaluation of development projects and numerous exchange and linkage programs around the world. I am fluent in English and French, and have studied Kiswahili, Setswana, and Wolof. I served a two-year term as vice president of the American Council on Quebec Studies, and program Chair for the meetings in Charleston, South Carolina. I was the campus project Director for a FIPSE funded North American Mobility Grant, PI for the Canadian I-Poll Project of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, PI on a US Institute for Peace Project on Islam and Democracy and a participant in a USIS funded NAFTA faculty exchange research program (University of Calgary). I have participated in linkage projects in Estonia, Venezuela, Chile, and Hungary. I have also served as team leader and PI on numerous USAID funded projects in sub-Saharan Africa. For my work in Senegal with the the National School of Applied Economics, ENEA (1984-2001) I was awarded Senegal's highest civilian medal, "l'Ordre National du Lion" in 2001.
I am the author, or editor, of seven books, 90 articles and book chapters, and a series of training materials in project management. My current research is devoted to issues of Canadian and Quebec politics, development management, democratic governance, decentralization, and privatization. I was also the past editor for the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Comparative Administration Papers and book review editor for Representation and Electoral Systems.