- Department Chair, Professor, International Studies Program Director
- Political Science, Sociology, & Geography
Ph.D., in Political Philosophy and American Politics, Fordham University, Bronx, New York, February 1997
M.A. Political Theory and Comparative Politics, University of California, Santa Barbara, June 1988
B.A. in Government, Cum Laude, University of San Francisco, May 1987. Junior Year Completed at Franz Leopold Universität, Innsbruck, Austria
Distinguished Faculty Award, TLU Alumni Board of Directors, February 2011.
Paper: “Truth, Lies, and Poetic Vision:Tolkien’s Response to Plato’s Charge that Poetry Offers ‘Lies’ Masquerading as Truth,” Interdisciplinary Conference on “The Forge of Friendship:Tolkien, Lewis, and the Creative Impulse,” Houston, November 8-10, 2013.
Book Chapter: “Philosophic Poet:J.R.R. Tolkien’s Modern Response to an Ancient Quarrel,” in Tolkien Among the Moderns, edited by Ralph C. Wood, under review at the University of Notre Dame Press.
Book Chapter:“From Shadows to Sunlight:Socrates and Education,” in The TLU Reader, edited by Beth Barry and Phil Ruge-Jones, Texas Lutheran University, 2011.
Seminar Participant (by invitation), “Race, Liberalism, and the Meaning of America,” Sponsored by the Alexander Hamilton Institute, Clinton, NY, July 2-3, 2010.
Panel Discussant (by invitation), “Being More Cartesian than Descartes,” Stuck with Virtue Conference, Berry College, November 4-5, 2010.