I am a Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and International Affairs at Kennesaw State University.
In 2011, I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from Indiana University. I currently live in the Atlanta metro area with my wife and two children.
In my free time, I enjoy reading, building stuff, and taking my kids to KSU soccer games. Go Owls!
My book Constrained Elitism and Contemporary Democratic Theory is now available!
'Constrained Elitism makes a valuable contribution to the conceptualization of the liberal public sphere in relation to contemporary communicative practices. It offers a considered, informative, and persuasive account of how today’s networked communications are helping to shape relationships between and amongst elites and non-elites within liberal democratic political systems. The central contribution of the book is to provide a general model of how networked communications are on the one hand enhancing the self-organizational capacity of publics, with the effect of increasing the pressure on elites by non-elite groups to address the latter’s concerns, and on the other hand providing a means for advancing the competitive advantage of particular elites.'
-Lincoln Dahlberg, University of Queensland, Australia
My research interests lie at the intersection of comparative political behavior, contemporary democratic theory, and studies of technology and communication. I am particularly interested in projects that explore the structural and communicative grounds for stratification in social and political relationships.Based on my interest in excellence in teaching and best practices of educational technology, I have also begun to expand my research to include projects related to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and uses of educational technology.
I have experience teaching a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in political science in traditional and online formats. I enjoy the intellectual challenge of developing new courses and have come to consider my willingness and ability to teach a variety of undergraduate courses as one of my strengths as an academic.
I take my teaching performance very seriously, and am proud to have been recognized for teaching excellence by multiple academic units. In 2004, I received the Associate Instructor of the Year award from the Department of Political Science at Indiana University. In 2009, I received similar recognition from Indiana University’s School of Continuing Studies by being one of three recipients of their Teaching Excellence Award.