Research areas: Comparative Politics, Europe, Social Movements/Contentious Politics
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ
Department of Political Science
Ph.D., April 2015
Major Area of Study: Comparative Politics
Minor Area of Study: International Relations
Dissertation:“Grains of Doubt: A Comparison of the Politically Contested Visual Landscapes of Genetically Modified Organisms in the United States and Europe”
Dissertation Committee: Jan Kubik (chair), Stephen Bronner, R. Daniel Kelemen
Texas State University, San Marcos
Department of Communication Studies
M.A. completed May 2004, B.A. with honors completed August 2002
Concentration: Political Rhetoric
M.A. Thesis:“Representing Iraq: Examinations of Post-War Political Discourse and the Politics of Order.”
B.A. Honors Thesis:“Waging Ideological Warfare: An Analysis of Post- September 11th Crisis.”
Nebraska Wesleyan University
Department of Political Science
Department Chair, 2018-present
Assistant Professor, 2015-present
Department of Political Science
Adjunct Member of the Graduate M.A. Faculty, 2016-present
The Politics of Genetically Modified Organismsin the United States and Europe. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
“Putin as gay icon: Memes as tactic in Russian LGBTQIA+ activism” forthcoming in LGBTQI rights and activism in the Post-Soviet Space, (edited volume), Palgrave Macmillan, With Baker, J. and Clancy, B.
“Creating student-scholar-activists: Discourse instruction and social justice in political science classrooms.” New Political Science (2018). With Bauer, K.
“Teaching race and social justice at a predominantly white institution” (2017).Journal of Political Science Education. With Bauer, K.
“Growing monstrous organisms: The construction of anti-GMO visual rhetoric through digital media,” (2016). Critical Studies in Media Communication, 33:3 (279-292). With Clancy, B.
Under Peer Review
“’Yes we can,’ but could we again? Linking the electoral politics and social movements of the Obama years.”
“Contentious politics of genetically modified organisms in Europe.”
Charting the Resistance: Activist Civil Society and Social Change (book manuscript, expected completion 2019)
“The Right to the city at fifty: Social movements in contested urban spaces.”
“Flexible politics: Mobilization strategies of youth activists in the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum.”
Book Reviews and other pieces
“ORBÁN: Europe’s New Strongman: Book Review,”(2018), Journal of Contemporary European Studies.
“APSA teaching and learning track summary: Core curriculum” (July 2016).PS: Political Science and Politics, 49:3, (571-586). with Mikell, R. and Vieria, E.
“Metaphorical world politics: Book review,” (Spring 2007). Rhetoric and Public Affairs 10:1 (142-144)
GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS
2018: Ameritas Fellowship
2018: Kenneth R. Holder Fellowship for Instructional Improvement
2017: Advocate for Diversity Award, Nebraska Wesleyan University
2017: John White Internationalization Award, Nebraska Wesleyan University
2017: John White Internationalization Travel Grant, Nebraska Wesleyan University
2016: Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grant, Nebraska Wesleyan University
2016: Travel Grant, APSA Teaching and Learning Conference
2013: Junior Scholars Training Seminar awardee, East European Studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholar (declined)
2013: Travel Grant, American Political Science Association Convention
2013: Travel Grant, European Union Studies Association Convention
2011, 2013: Expository Writing Teaching Fellow, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University
2012-2013: Graduate Assistantship, GradFund, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University
2010: Baden-Wurttemberg Stipendium for special study at the University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany
2009: Foreign Language and Area Studies award recipient, University of Pittsburgh Summer Language Institute’s Pittsburgh-Poland Program
2009: Pre-Dissertation Special Study Award, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
2008-2011: Excellence Fellowship, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University
2004: Elton J. Abernathy Award for Excellence in Communication Scholarship, 2004
2003: Jack C. Martin Endowment for Scholarship in Political Communication
SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
“Creating student-scholar-activists: Discourse instruction and social justice in political science classrooms,” American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference, Spring 2018.
“Using Discourse Instruction to Teach Race and Social Justice at a Predominately White Institution,” Midwest Political Science Association, Spring 2017. With Bauer, K.
“Socially Conscious Teaching at a Predominantly White Institution.” American Political Science Association’s Teaching and Learning Conference, Long Beach, CA Spring 2017. With Bauer, K.
“But Sometimes We Like Using Paper…” A Pilot Study in Student Perception of Digital Platforms in Political Science Courses.” American Political Science Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA (September 2016).
“Structured debates as teaching tools,” American Political Science Association’s Teaching and Learning Conference, Portland, OR, Spring 2016.
“Unstable food and the potential for catastrophe: Understanding political resistance to genetically modified food in the United States and Europe,” presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, Spring 2015.
“Ankietomania! The Popular Politics of Survey Research in Communist and Post-Communist Poland,” presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association Convention, Chicago, IL, Fall 2013.
“Populist Politics in Poland: The Case of the Smolensk Disaster,” presented at the annual meeting of the European Union Studies Association, Baltimore, MD, Spring 2013.
“Anti-Intellectualism, Politics of Emotion, and the Rise of Right-Wing Populism in Poland and the United States,” presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association convention, New Orleans, LA, Fall 2012.
“Transnational Flow of Political Ideas and Regime Transformations in Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia,” presented at the American Society East European and Eurasian Studies, New Orleans, LA, Fall 2012.
“Using Bakhtin to Unpack Narrative: Double-Voiced Discourse in Editorial Representations of Cambodian Sex Trafficking,” National Communication Association Convention, San Antonio, TX, Fall 2006.
“Domino Theory, Contagion Metaphor, and the Cold War: American Complicity in the Indonesian Genocide of East Timor.” National Communication Association Convention, San Antonio, TX, Fall 2006.
“Multilateralism Under Attack.” National Communication Association Convention, Miami, FL, Fall, 2003.
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Global Environmental Politics and the United Nations (MA level)
Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE (2015-Present)
Introduction to International Politics
Introduction to US Government and Politics
Research Methods I
Global Politics and the United Nations: An Overview
Global Politics and the United Nations: Terrorism
Politics of Europe
Global Environmental Politics
Global Revolution and Rebellion
Media and Politics
Making Social Change: Political Activism and Grassroots Mobilization
Political Satire and Comedy (freshman seminar)
Revolution 1968! (freshman seminar)
Student Success Seminar (freshman seminar)
Political Science Senior Capstone
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (2008-2015)
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Introduction to American Government
Public Policy Formation
Special Topics in Comparative Politics: Social Movements in the US and Japan Part I and II (on location in Kyoto, Japan)
Special Topics in Comparative Politics: Civil Society in the US and Japan (on location in Kyoto, Japan)
Special Topics in Comparative Politics: Environmental Politics in the US and Japan
NON-TEACHING PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Lloyd Gardner Fellowship in Leadership and Social Policy
Associate Director (2011-2014)
Rutgers-Ritsumeikan Exchange Program
GradFund, Graduate School of New Brunswick
Graduate Associate (2012-2013)
Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress
Legislative Relations Specialist (2006-2007)
Nixon Presidential Materials, National Archives and Records Administration
Graduate Intern (2006)
Westlake High School
Policy Debate Coach, Director of Debate (2002-2005)
2016 : “How did the Framers Create the Constitution?” Nebraska State Bar Association, We the People Conference, Fall 2016.
2016: “The politics and culture of Hungary, Romania, and Moldova: An overview.” Leadership Education/ Action Development [LEAD] program sponsored by the Nebraska Agricultural Leadership Council, Fall 2016
2015: “Images of GMOs in Popular Culture,” Emerson University, Fall 2015
2017: The (Good) News About Climate Change Politics? Nebraska Wesleyan University Earth Week Talk
2017: Understanding the first 10 days: Executive Orders, Political Protests, and Refugee Policies
2016: Election Coffee and Conversation Series
2015: Refugee Crisis and the EU, Campus Talk
American Political Science Association, European Union Studies Association, Midwest Political Science Association, American Association for Slavic and East European Studies
Reviewer, Political Science Quarterly
AAUP representative, Nebraska State Conference
Nebraska Wesleyan University
Faculty Secretary, Faculty Council 2018-present
Justice Thread Coordinator, 2018-present
Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Taskforce, 2017-present
Action Council on Diversity and Inclusion, Spring 2016-present, co-chair 2017-present
AAUP Executive Board Member, Fall 2017-present
Prestigious Scholarship Committee Member, Spring 2016-present
Writing Assessment Taskforce, Spring 2017
Diversity Assessment Taskforce, Spring 2017
Unafraid Educators Taskforce, Spring 2017
NetVUE taskforce, Spring 2017
Campus representative for the Truman Scholarship, 2016
Institutional Review Board Member, 2016-2018
Coordinator of the Chaos Thread, 2016-2018
Forum Committee Member, elected at-large, 2016-2018
Access Mentor, Spring 2016
Big Brothers, Big Sisters volunteer
American Civil Liberties Union, Poll Monitor and certified Non-Partisan Observer for Union County, NJ
Baltimore Urban Debate League volunteer
Mentor teacher for two students from the University of Texas
Founder and faculty sponsor, Austin Debate Collective, Austin, TX