Joined the faculty in 2001
Ph.D., Boston University
M.A., Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
B.A., Davidson College
Current scholarly interests:
U.S. Foreign Policy
International Political Economy
Current research interests:
African Great Lakes Region (Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Congo, Tanzania)
various issues concerning security, development, regionalization/globalization, and international relations.
Previous teaching experience:
Boston College, Chestnut Hill
St. Anselm College
Appalachian State University
Courses Routinely Taught:
Introduction to International Relations
U.S. Foreign Policy
Theories of International Relations
Imaging the Congo: Constructing and contesting identity in international relations
Africa's Challenge to International Relations Theory (co-edited with Timothy Shaw) Palgrave, 2001.
Global Development Section of the International Studies Association (currently Chair)
Visiting Professor/Friend of the Faculty, Faculty of Development Studies, Mbarara
University of Science and Technology. Mbarara, Uganda
African Studies Association
Association of Concerned Africa Scholars
International Studies Association
Association of Third World Studies
Society for Women in International Political Economy
American Political Science Association
On a rather simplistic and banal levelI love what I do. It brings me a great amount of joy to have the opportunity to research questions that I think are of vital importance to today's world, whether concerning the complexities surrounding the process of state-making in the African Great Lakes region or U.S. foreign policy toward Third World nations, and then to share what I have learned through my classroom teaching and professional scholarship.
But I am also driven by a greater motivation. The history of Africa and Africa's relations with the Western world is characterized by exploitation engendered by racist stereotypes and misunderstandings grounded in ignorance. One of my over-riding goals as a teacher is to help students have a better understanding of the complexities and nuances of Africa's political condition.
I also strive to show students how they as individuals and members of American society have an impact on the world around them, both positively and negatively. My desire is to help students generate a better sense of world affairs and their places within them.
On a professional level, I attempt to repay my growing debt to friends and colleagues in Africa by serving as a visiting professor for the Faculty of Development Studies at Mbarara University of Science and Technology in western Uganda, and by being committed to a certain level of activism in my own community.