I am Professor of Political Science and Weddell Chair of the Americas at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. I teach courses in Comparative Politics and International Relations, with a specialization in Latin America. My research interests include inter-American relations, Brazilian politics and democracy promotion efforts in Latin America. I am also interested in issues of democratization and development in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.
I earned my B.A. in Economics and Political Science at Miami University in Oxford, OH and my Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before coming to Rollins I was a Visiting Professor in International Studies at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. During the 2009-2010 academic year, I was a visiting fellow at the Center for Inter-American Studies and Programs at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.