I am the Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Political Science and International Relations (2013-2015) in the Political Science Department at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.
My primary research interests are in the fields of International Relations and International Law. Specifically, I focus on the processes and politics through which international law is made and used. To date I have spent most of my time investigating security rights claimed by states and the politics of ratification. I plan to submit my solo-authored work on the latter topic to journals in Fall 2014.
Recently I began work on two collaborative projects to extend the scope of my process-and-politics approach to international law. In the first, my co-author and I are assessing the role of race and legitimacy in the foreign policy leadership of the Obama Administration. In the second, one of my former-international law students and I are examining the implementation of international refugee law in Southeast Asia.
In addition to researching international politics and law, a co-author and I are engaged in a long-term study of how students learn to write well. We are focused on the Writer's Workshop as an underutilized method of writing instruction in the political science classroom. Our work analyzes writing instruction from several perspectives.
In fall 2014 I will teach an introductory International Relations course (POLS 109). We will partner with a physics course (PHYS 165) to conduct a large-scale simulation of a treaty negotiation over an impending environmental crisis. I will also teach a course on US Foreign Policy (POLS 229). In spring 2015, I am slated to teach upper level courses on European Integration (POLS 325) and IR Theories (POLS 339).
Wheaton seniors interested writing an honors thesis with an international law/organization-theme are welcome to email to arrange a time discuss their proposal. Also, please check out my recent blog post about Bailey McWilliam's successful thesis defense.
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