B.A. University of Strathclyde, 1994
M.A. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1997
Ph.D. University of Connecticut, 2003
Awards and Recognition
Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Award, Department of Political Science, University of Connecticut. Recipient of the Party Politics Studentship for best paper presented to the 2001 ECPR Ph.D. summer school on European Parties and Party Systems, held at Keele University, England.
I have published articles in journals and working papers series in the United States and Europe, including The American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, and the Journal of European Social Policy and World Politics. I have also presented papers at over 20 professional meetings in the United States and Canada, including the American, Midwest, New England, and Southern Political Science Associations, the International Conference of Europeanists, and the International Studies Association. Please see my personal website for a complete list of my professional activities.
POLI 102 Introduction to Comparative Politics
POLI 209 Comparative Political Economy & Public Policy
POLI 259 International Political Economy
POLI 260 Methodology
POLI 305 European Politics
POLI 309 North American Politics
My broad research interests are in the comparative politics and political economy of advanced industrialized democracies, especially those of Western Europe and North America. I'm particularly interested in welfare state reform and the impact of political partisanship on welfare state outcomes, and I also have an ongoing interest in elections and political parties within the Canadian province of Québec.
I joined the Wittenberg faculty in 2003. My wife, Bobbi Jo, and I were married in Scotland in July 2005. A native of Scotland, I'm a lifelong fan of Rangers Football Club.