Assistant Professor, Government, History and Criminal Justice
Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Virginia
M.A. in Political Science from the University of Virginia
B.A. in Political Science from Oglethorpe University.
Areas of Expertise or Research: My areas of expertise include the American Founding, American political thought, and political theory. I am particularly interested in the theoretical and practical separation of power between the Executive, Congress, and the Courts. My research focuses on presidential power in foreign affairs, specifically studying modern presidential action in the War on Terror and comparing that to the constitutional debates over presidential power and the historical practice of foreign policy by prior executives.
I highly value a solid liberal arts education. I think that, done well, the liberal arts can help make students well rounded, informed citizens that are better equipped succeed in life after college. In addition to teaching students basic content in my field, I work hard to show my students how to critically examine issues, think quickly on their feet, and write well. These are abilities that are useful on both the job front and to anyone seeking to impact the world.
I also think that it is critically important for undergraduates to think seriously about the connection between their academic studies and their faith. Regent University strongly encourages students to do this. I enjoy working with students as they think through the implications of Christian doctrines in the world of politics.
I teach a broad variety of courses in American Politics and political philosophy at Regent University including American Politics, the Presidency, Congress, Constitutional Law, Public Policy, American Political Traditions, and Research Methods. I am a John Jay Institute Affiliated Scholar. Prior to coming to Regent University I taught as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Virginia, where I did my graduate work.
In my free time, I enjoy reading books, playing board games, and college football. I am diehard LSU football fan. But mostly I enjoy spending time with my wife, Rachel, and our daughter, Katie.