Associate Professor, Government, History and Criminal Justice
M.Phil., Political Science, Columbia University, New York, NY
M.A., Political Science, Columbia University, New York, NY
B.A., Russian Area Studies, Drew University, Madison, NJ
Advanced Intensive Summer Russian Language Program (Fourth Level), Middlebury College Russian School, Middlebury, VT
Intensive Summer Russian Language Program, Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys, Moscow, U.S.S.R.
Honors and Awards
Fellow of the Summer Institute of Israel Studies, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University, Boston, MA and Jerusalem, Beer Sheba, and Tel Aviv, Israel, 2011
Director, Major and Minor in International Studies, Regent University, Spring, 2011
Director, Minor in Homeland and International Security, Regent University, Spring, 2011
Fellow of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute's Lehrman American Studies Institute at Princeton, NJ, in partnership with the Princeton University James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, 2010.
Academic Fellow of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy Academic Fellow,Tel Aviv and throughout Israel and the West Bank, 2009
Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society, Drew University, Madison, NJ, 1990
Dean's List, Drew University, Madison, NJ
Contemporary Global Issues
Introduction to Government
Comparative Foreign Policy
Foreign Policy and Administration (American Foreign Policy)
Senior Thesis in Government
Internship in Criminal Justice
Ethnic, Racial, and Religious Conflict, Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, Middle East
I teach at Regent University because I am passionate about preparing, through excellence in scholarship, Christian young people for fulfilling God's plan for their lives. I believe that the kind of high academic quality and spiritual instruction and support that Regent provides its students enables them to serve the Kingdom of God in the most effective and efficient way possible. I believe that as a person who is a Christian first and a political science professor second, it is my duty and my pleasure not only to impart knowledge and to train critical thinking, but also to inspire love for the Lord Jesus Christ.
I was born in Iowa City, Iowa, shortly before my father defended his Ph.D. dissertation in zoology. I grew up in Denver, Louisville, and northern suburbs of Los Angeles before attending the Baptist High School of Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. After spending my freshmen year at Baptist Bible College of Pennsylvania, I received my B.A. in Russian Area Studies from Drew University in 1990, and my M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University in the City of New York, majoring in Political Science. My doctoral major was Comparative Politics and my minor was International Relations. I have taught at the following schools: Touro College in New York City; Saratov State University in Saratov, Russia; Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio; and George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. My research specialties include the religious persecution of Christians and Jews and ethnic conflict in general, but concentrating particularly on the countries of the former Soviet Union.
I speak Russian fluently, Ukrainian and French on an intermediate level, and German, Biblical Greek, Biblical and Modern Hebrew, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Czech, Serbo-Croatian, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean on the elementary level.
My parents live in Arizona, my sister and her family in Colorado, and my brother and his family in California. I like reading, music (Christian, choral, classical, R&B), history, following the news, movies, guitar, electronic keyboard, poetry, plays, and video games. I am single with no kids, but I am blessed to have lots of great friends and wonderful students! I also love to keep up with my five nephews, two nieces, and over 1,000 Facebook friends.