Associate Professor, Government, History and Criminal Justice
Education: B.A. in Russian Area Studies from Drew University, M.A. in Political Science from Columbia University, M.Phil. in Political Science from Columbia University, Graduate Certificate of the Harriman Institute at Columbia University (equivalent to an M.A. in Russian Area Studies) and Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.
Areas of Expertise or Research: Military History, Ethnic Conflict, Revolutions, Terrorism, Religious Persecution, Genocide, Ethnic Minorities, Comparative Politics Theory, International Relations Theory, History and Politics of Russia and the Former Soviet Union, History and Politics of Africa, History and Politics of Western Europe, History and Politics of the Middle East, World History, Islamic History, Foundations of Scoial Science, War and Peace Studies.
Awards/Distinctions: Japan-US Senate Exchange Scholar, Summa Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa; Harriman Institute Summer Fellowship; George Fox University Summer Fellowship (declined to accept employment at Regent); Academic Fellow, Foundation for the Defense of Democracy (at University of Tel Aviv); Intercollegiate Studies Institute's Lehrman American Studies Seminar at Princeton University; Regent University Summer Research Fellowship; Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honors Society Chapter Grant Recipient.
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 taking 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 about 850 Facebook friends.