Assistant Professor, Government, History and Criminal Justice
Ph.D. University of Virginia, Political Science
M.A., University of Virginia, Political Science
B.A., Oglethorpe University, Political Science
Honors and Awards
FDD Academic Fellowship Program
John Jay Affiliated Scholar, 2011
Donald Rumsfeld Public Service Fellowship, 2010
University of Virginia Graduate Fellowship, 2004-2009
Recipient of the Phi Beta Kappa Award, 2004
GOVT 196: Introduction to the Study of Government
GOVT 210: Introduction to Public Policy and Administration
GOVT 240: American Government I
GOVT 300: The Judicial Process
GOVT 301: The American Presidency
GOVT 302: The American Judicial System
GOVT 332: American Political Traditions
GOVT 382: Constitutional Law
GOVT 387: Research Methods
GOVT 491: Senior Thesis I
GOVT 492: Senior Thesis II
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 to 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. In practice, I do this through intensive class discussions, a variety of challenging writing assignments and exams, and in many classes, a public speaking or presentation requirement.
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 challenge all of my students to think seriously about what the fallen nature of man means in our contemporary world. I want to prepare students not just for their future careers, but also for their future lives as citizens and family members - not just workers. I encourage students to talk seriously, especially during office hours, about their plans and goals after graduation.
I am originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and as such, am a diehard LSU football fan. My wife and I moved to Virginia Beach from Charlottesville, Virginia, where I earned my Ph.D. and my wife earned a Master's in Education and taught chemistry for several years. We have two daughters, one who is two, and one who is just an infant. We are members at River Oak Church in Chesapeake, Virginia.
In my free time, I enjoy reading books (I am, after all, a professor), playing board games, and college football. But mostly I enjoy spending time with my wife, Rachel, and our daughters, Katherine Faith, and Elise Hope. Katie and Elise love taking walks, especially when we find ducks by the lake. They also love knocking down all of the towers of blocks and legos that daddy can build.